Regularity: Regularly occurring
Catalog Number: US 825284
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): C. G. Pringle
Year Collected: 1881
Locality: Brook near Camp Lowell., Arizona, United States, North America
- Isotype: Scribner, F. L. 1882. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club. 9: 103.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Sporobolus contractus
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Sporobolus contractus
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N4 - Apparently Secure
Sporobolus contractus is a species of grass known by the common name spike dropseed. It is native to western North America, including the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It grows in desert and plateau habitat, in woodlands, scrub, and dry, sandy, open areas.
It is a perennial bunchgrass forming a clump or tuft of stems reaching up to 1.2 meters in maximum height. The stem bases are thick and sheathed by the hairless leaves. The inflorescence is dense, cylindrical, and narrow. It is a spikelike series of many small whitish or grayish spikelets.
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