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Grass Family (Poaceae). Texas tussockgrass is a native, cool season, short lived, perennial bunch grass. The height ranges from 2 to 3 feet. The leaf blade is long and narrow. The leaf sheath is longer than the internodes. The basal sheaths enclose a nearly awnless self pollinated seed called a cleistogene. The seedhead is an open panicle. The spikelets are 1 seeded and the lemma has an awn 6 to 10 inches long, rather stout, light colored, and twisted like a rope in lower part.

Distribution: For current distribution, please consult the Plant Profile page for this species on the PLANTS Web site.


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USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center

Source: USDA NRCS PLANTS Database

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