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Strickland, Sam C.
Nassella leucotricha (Trin. & Rupr.) Pohl
Texas wintergrass, Texas Speargrass, Wintergrass
Synonyms: Stipa leucotricha Trin. & Rupr.
USDA Symbol: NALE3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Inflorescense: Loose panicle 6-25 cm. long with long, slender lower branches.
Blades: 10-30 cm. long and 1-4 mm. broad, pubescent with short, stiff hairs on one or both surfaces.
Culms: 30-70 cm. tall, often geniculate-spreading at base.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
AR , LA , OK , SC , TX Native Distribution:
North and central Texas, north to Oklahoma, south to northern Mexico. Native Habitat:
Prairies, brushy areas, roadsides and disturbed areas. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Calcareous, sandy, clayey. Thrives on disturbed soils.
Conditions Comments: Open grassland sites, prairies, roadsides. Not shade tolerant.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Good for early spring forage.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Larval Host: The Grass Family is an essential larval food for most branded skippers and most of the satyrs.
Deer Resistant: High
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Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0300
Collected Apr 26, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry CliffeNPSOT 0707
Collected Apr 1, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-0012
Collected 2006-05-05 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff