Bouteloua aristidoides

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Bouteloua aristidoides (Kunth) Griseb.

Poaceae

Life form: grass

Exposure: sun   6

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

200D / 47291f 

Inflorescence: raceme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

Bouteloua aristidoides is a grass.

Naming

Bouteloua aristidoides was already described and the name validly published by Karl Sigismund Kunth. It was August Heinrich Rudolf Grisebach, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1864.

Taxonomy

Bouteloua aristidoides is a species in the genus Bouteloua which contains approximately 35 to 39 species and belongs to the family of the Poaceae (Grass Family).

Characteristics

Bouteloua aristidoides - flowers

Growth

The grasses reach heights of 5 to 50 centimetres.

Leaves

Bouteloua aristidoides is deciduous. The brown, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation. The leaves are around 5 centimetres large and have a glabrous surface.

Flowers and Fruits

Bouteloua aristidoides produces racemes of brown flowers from July to September.

The grasses carry ornamental caryopses.

Root System

The plants form fibrous roots.

Distribution

Bouteloua aristidoides is native to the Southwest of the US, the southern Prairie States of the US, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean.

Cultivation

The grasses prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • rockeries

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: drought
  • low: calcareous soil
  • high: city climate

Uses

Bouteloua aristidoides is considered a valuable wild perennial. The ornamental value lies especially in the attractive winter aspect. The recommended planting distance is 35 centimetres, the grasses are best planted in groups of 3 to 5. Suited for moorland gardens and for rockeries, as well as suited as a neighbour to roses, slope plant and as cut flowers.

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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