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Grass Family (Poaceae). Vine mesquite is a native, warm season, stoloniferous perennial. The height ranges from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet. The leaf blade is long; narrow, upright, and smooth. The leaf sheath is mostly basal and one half to three fourths as long as the internodes. The stolon is several feet long with long internodes, the nodes swollen and covered with hair. The seedhead has a narrow panicle 1 to 4 inches long with the spikelets large, nearly round, and brownish.