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Description

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Buffalograss (Bouteloua dactyloides) is a low-growing, perennial, warm-season turfgrass native to the Great Plains of the United States. It is not planted in widespread areas in the Carolinas. Buffalograss is drought tolerant, and requires little fertilization. It is not adapted to shaded or heavily traveled sites.

Species Data

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  • SEEDHEAD / FLOWER
    • spike
  • VERNATION TYPE
    • rolled
  • LIGULE TYPE
  • GROWTH SEASON / LIFE CYCLE
    • warm season turf or perennial weed
  • AURICLE TYPE
    • absent
  • LEAF BLADE TIP SHAPE
    • sharp-pointed; flat, sparsely hairy, bluish-gray
  • LEAF BLADE WIDTH
    • 0.04 - 0.12 inches (1 - 3 mm) wide
  • STOLON PRESENCE
  • RHIZOME PRESENCE
    • absent
  • COLLAR TYPE
  • SHEATH MARGIN
    • open
Buffalograss ligule.

Figure 1. Buffalograss ligule.

Buffalograss ligule.

Figure 2. Buffalograss ligule.

Buffalograss stolon.

Figure 3. Buffalograss stolon.

Buffalograss collar type.

Figure 4. Buffalograss hairy collar.

Buffalograss collar type.

Figure 5. Buffalograss collar type.

Author

Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist
Crop and Soil Sciences

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Publication date: Oct. 31, 2017

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