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Sporobolus heterolepis   (A. Gray ) A. Gray
Douglas County, Kansas
Height: 16-34 inches
Family: Poaceae - Grass Family
Flowering Period:   August, September
Culms: Erect, slender, wiry, glabrous.
Blades: Basal and cauline; blades 8 to 16 inches long, .2 inch wide, filiform to involute to folded, tip tapering, glabrous, scabrous margins and midrib.
Sheaths: Longer than internodes, terete, throat somewhat pilose, summit with conspicuous tufts of hair.
Ligules: Line of minute hairs
Inflorescences: Panicle, open, elliptical to narrowly pyramidal, 4.5 to 8 inches long, up to 2.8 inches wide, branches ascending, 1.2 to 2.4 inches long, spikelets borne toward branch tips on short pedicels.
Spikelets: Grayish, 1-flowered, .16 to .28 inch long, awnless; glumes glabrous, first glume subulate, .07 to .18 inch long, second glume lanceolate, .1 to .24 inch long, acuminate or awn-pointed; lemmas .13 to .16 inch, obtuse or acute, 1-veined, glabrous; paleas as along as or slightly longer than lemmas.
Habitat: Prairies, roadsides, woodland edges; sandy to clay loam soils.
Distribution: East 1/2 of Kansas
Origin: Native
Forage Value: Good forage value for livestock prior to maturity.
Uses: The Ojibwa applied a poultice of crushed root to sores.
Comments: Densely tufted. Occasionally planted as an ornamental.

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