Grass Family (Poaceae : Andropogoneae)
Latin Name: Tripsacum dactyloides
Value: Wildlife – fair
Livestock – good
This is a very large and robust grass, arises from thick, scaly rootstocks. The leaves are very wide and have sharp, rough edges. The seedhead consists of three long spikes with female seeds at the bottom (looks like hard kernels), and the male seeds stacked above on the same spike. Excellent forage for all classes of livestock throughout the growing season, foliage breaks down rapidly after frost; therefore it is not suitable for winter grazing. Adapted to moist, well-drained, fertile soils. Does not tolerate standing water for long periods of time.