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tribe Eragrostideae

Purple Sandgrass Triplasis purpurea

Lives in sandy areas.

Photos taken in Taylor County, Texas, September 2007

(Native of Texas - Jones)

see similar   Puffsheath Dropseed

Base: annual, clump grass, no rhizomes, no stolons (runner stem)

Blade (leaf): 1-3mm wide, 4-8cm long, flat or rolled inward, fringed in long hairs, upper blades reduced in size

Sheath (leaf part encircling stem): enlarged, glabrous or long stiff hairs, ligule dense ring of hairs

Culm (main grain stem): erect to decumbent, 45-80cm tall, long stiff hairs on nodes, short internodes

Inflorescence: 3-11cm long, few primary branches that are widely spaced, lower branches spreading, 1/2

Spikelet: 6-10mm long, usually 2-4 florets

Glume: about 3mm long, glabrous, notched apex, 1 nerve

Lemma: 3-4mm long, 3 woolly nerves, notched apex with short awn


Other Species In My Area

Saltgrass Distichlis spicata var. spicata

like Buffalograss

(Native of Texas - Runnels, Brown)


Burrograss Scleropogon brevifolius

long awns

(Native of Texas - Taylor)


American Tripogon Tripogon spicatus

few wheat-like spikelets, short

(Native of Texas - Runnels)


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