Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Side-oats Grama
Bouteloua curtipendula
Family: Poaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  S
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3?

Prairies and glades

Species Description:
Perennial grass.

Flowering Period: Early July to late September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This grass has 3-6 spikelets per spike and these are racemose and twisted to one side and well spaced on the rachis.

Woody plant invasion must be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means.
Timber removal (such as cedar) may be beneficial. Hand removal of trees in the vicinity may be neccesary to avoid impacts from woody removal. Any activity that results in increased erosion will be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species.

Global Range:
Widespread from Maine and Ontario west to Saskatchewan and Washington, south to Florida, and west to California (Kartesz 1999).

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Data last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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