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Panicum obtusum  Kunth
Pawnee County, Kansas
Height: 10-32 inches
Family: Poaceae - Grass Family
Flowering Period:   May, June, August, September
Culms: Erect or ascending, decumbent at base, hollow to nearly solid, glabrous, sometimes waxy, bluish-green; stolon nodes woolly, nearly glabrous on erect culms.
Blades: Scattered along culm, flat, 1.6 to 8 inches long, 1/8 to 1/4 inch wide, firm, bluish-green, mostly glabrous or with few hairs on margins near base, often somewhat waxy; tip tapering to long point; stolon blades shorter, narrower.
Sheaths: Shorter than internodes, mostly glabrous or with few hairs near ligule.
Ligules: Membranous, 1/25 to 1/12 inch long.
Inflorescences: Panicle, narrow, spike-like, 2 to 4.8 inches long, about .4 inch wide, included or short-exserted, densely flowered; primary branches erect or strongly ascending, generally not re-branched, .4 to 1.2 inch long.
Spikelets: In 2 uneven rows on 1 side of rachis, short-stalked, egg-shaped, 1/8 to 1/6 inch long, about 1/12 inch wide, swollen, glabrous, initially green, later brownish, blunt-tipped; glumes nearly equal, elliptic to egg-shaped, about 3/4 as long as spikelet, 5-9-nerved; sterile lemma nearly equal to second glume, strongly-nerved, tip blunt or rounded.
Habitat: Moist, disturbed sites, roadside ditches, prairies, pastures, stream banks; sandy or gravelly soil.
Distribution: Southwest 1/4 and south-central Kansas
Origin: Native
Forage Value: Used for forage and sometimes for hay. Quail and doves eat the seeds.
Uses: The Chiricahua and Mescalero Apache used the crushed seeds in meat gravy. The stolons were ground, mixed with soapweed, and used as a hair wash. Sometimes used to control soil erosion.
Comments: Vine-mesquite is tufted, with long creeping stolons. The stolons are sometimes up to 6 feet long and have swollen, densely hairy nodes.

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