Andropogon glomeratus

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Andropogon glomeratus (Walter) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.

Poaceae

Life form: grass

Exposure: sun   4

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

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Inflorescence: spike

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: stemless

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Commelinidae
Superordo:
Poanae
Ordo:
Poales

Andropogon glomeratus is a grass.

Naming

Andropogon glomeratus was already described and the name validly published by Thomas Walter. It was Nathaniel Lord Britton, Emerson Ellick Sterns and Justus Ferdinand Poggenburg, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1888.

Taxonomy

Andropogon glomeratus is a species in the genus Andropogon which contains approximately 127 to 195 species and belongs to the family of the Poaceae (Grass Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The grasses reach heights of 80 to 150 centimetres.

Leaves

Andropogon glomeratus is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Andropogon glomeratus produces spikes of white flowers from August to September.

The grasses produce brown caryopses in autumn.

Root System

The plants form fibrous roots.

Distribution

Andropogon glomeratus is native to California and New Mexico.

Cultivation

The grasses prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. They prefer sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil with a pH between 5 and 6,3. The plants need a soil depth of at least 30 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -35°C (USDA zone 4).

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • high: city climate

Uses

The recommended planting distance is 50 to 60 centimetres.

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually need very little maintenance.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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