Cane bluestem

Bothriochloa barbinodis var. barbinodis



Cane bluestem is a bunchgrass with stems that are erect or bent at the base. Stem nodes are bearded. Panicles are dense, often partly included in the upper sheath, and have a straight main axis and numerous primary branches 1 1/2 to 3 1/รค2 inches long. Lemma awns are 3/4 to 1 1/4 inch long. Because primary branching is limited to about half the length of the inflorescence, the mature inflorescence resembles a fan. This grass has also been called "cane beardgrass."

Cane bluestem is a perennial, warm-season, native - 24 to 48 inches tall.

Fair grazing for livestock. Poor grazing for wildlife.


It occurs mostly on loose limestone soils.