Hairy Tridens [Tridens pilosus]

Origin: Native to North America
Use: Perennial, warm season, native grass.
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Plant Description:
Life Span  Perennial
Growth Form  tall, tufted, erect-spreading, slender, not branched.
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Cold Tolerance: High
ID Features:
Habit: 		Densely tufted, low perennial.
Culms: 		10-30 cm. tall, tufted, erect-spreading, slender, not branched.  The tufts easily pulled up.
Blades: 	Thick, 2-8 cm. long, 1-1.5 mm. wide, erect, flat or folded (culm leaves shorter),
		abruptly pointed, more or less pilose, with thickened white margins, papillose-ciliate
		at the base, midnerve white.
Sheaths: 	Shorter than internodes, with tufts of hairs at the summit, the basal leaves
		with short hairs.
Inflorescence: 	Panicles long exserted, narrow, small, dense, subcapitate, with few very
		short branches with 3-4 spikelets to a branch, these pale or purplish.
Spikelets: 	3-10, crowded, 1-1.5 cm. long, compressed, 6-12-flowered, rachilla
		disarticulating above the glumes and between the florets.
Glumes: 	Narrow, acuminate, awn-pointed, 1-nerved, boat-shaped, smooth except the
		scabrous keel, the first about 4.5 mm. long and the second 5.5 mm. long.
Lemmas: 	About 6 mm. long, broad, 3-nerved, pubescent on the nerves below with
		long silky white hairs, acuminate at the apex, slightly 2-toothed, the terminal
		awn rising between the minute teeth.
Awn: 		1-1.5 mm. long.
Palea: 		Half as long as its lemma, pilose on the back and margins below, 2.5-3.5 mm. long.
Fruit: 		Grain concavo-convex.
Habitat: 	Dry gravelly or sandy soil, plains and rocky hills.  April-October.
Use: 		A range grass.
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