Grass Family ( Poaceae : Eragrosteae )
Latin Name : Sporobolus cryptandrus
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Warm
Origin : Native
Wildlife – poor
Livestock – fair to good
The most identifiable characteristic of this grass is the long, dense hairs at the collar. Some seedheads may be partially enclosed in the upper sheaths or they may be fully emerged and open. Distinct “flag-like-leaves” are usually present at a right angle to the stem, just below the seedhead. This is most obvious during the winter months. Reproduces from seed and tillers; growth is controlled by available moisture. Fair to good grazing for livestock during the early stages of growth, palatability declines rapidly with maturity. Adapted to open areas and disturbed sites; most common on sandy soils, but may occur on rocky and silty soils, not tolerant of wet soils.