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Common Name: Sideoats Grama

Species Name: Bouteloua curtipendula

Plant Type: Grasses & Grass-like

Family Name: Poaceae, Grass Family

Tribe: Cynodonteae, Gramagrass Tribe



Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Season Warm
Distribution in the U.S. Throughout the country excluding the extreme southeast and northwest
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Wider leaves than the other gramas
    • Hairs on blade edges


    • Iconic seed head with short branches down only one side of the stem
    • Stem slightly zigzagged with the base of the branch remaining during winter
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 30-90 centimeters
    • Ligule Type: Ciliate
    • Sheath: Glabrous or Pilose
    • Leaves: Basal
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Inflorescence Type: Spikes
    • Florets Per Spikelet: 1 fertile and 1 sterile
    • Glumes: Unequal



Soil Type Well-drained sand, loam, and clay
Habitat Upland and rocky slopes, mixed-grass prairies
Successional Stage Mid to late


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