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Bothriochloa ischaemum var. songarica (Rupr. ex Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Celarier & Harlan


Bothriochloa ischaemum var. songarica is a caepitose grass with tufts becoming more distinct as it matures. In the Poaceae family, it grows from 12-24 in. (30-60 cm) in height. B. ischaemum var. songarica is native to temperate and tropical Asia.
A distinctive feature of the flat leaf blades of B. ischaemum are hairs on the blade just above the collar. In B. ischaemum var. songarica the culm node is ringed with short hairs.
The inflorescence of B. ischaemum var. songarica is a terminal panicle of racemes bearing the spikelets. The racemes are longer than the panicle axis.
B. ischaemum var. songarica reproduces both through seed. Each spikelet has a single awn.
Ecological Threat
In Texas, B. ischaemum var. songarica is considered a very serious ecological threat due to widespread planting for grazing and by highway departments. It prefers disturbed mesic, upland soils.

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EDDMapS Distribution

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Commelinidae
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Bothriochloa

Other System Links

Plants: BOISS
Bayer: BOTIS
GRIN: 310207
ITIS: 526948

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
King Ranch bluestem, Turkestan bluestem


Category: Grass or Grasslike