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Caucasian bluestem (Bothriochloa bladhii)

Caucasian bluestem Synonyms: Andropogon bladhii, Andropogon caucasicus, Andropogon intermedius, Bothriochloa caucasica, Bothriochloa intermedia

Description: Introduced to the United States as a forage grass.

Habit: Perennial grass growing up to 59 in. in height.

Leaves: Cauline with glabrous leaf blades; 8-14 in. long and 0.04-0.2 in. wide. The membranous ligule is 0.02-0.06 in. long with sparse white hairs. When crushed, they have a strong turpentine smell.

Stems: Culms are erect and grow 40-90 cm.

Flowers: Reddish panicle that grows 2-6 in. long. Central rachis grow from 2-5 in. long with many branches that range from 1.2-3 in. long. Spikelets have awns that grow 0.4-0.7 in. long.

Fruit and seeds: Fruit (Caryopsis) are lanceolate to oblong and somewhat flattened.

Habitat: Native to subtropical Africa and Asia. Can be found in roadsides, rangeland pastures, waste places, and open disturbed sites. Established in the southern and central United States.

Reproduction: By seed and short rhizomes.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States and SEINet: Arizona-New Mexico Chapter.

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Common Name:

Caucasian bluestem

Scientific Name:

Bothriochloa bladhii







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