Green sprangletop

Leptochloa dubia



Stems are wiry with flat bases and flat sheaths. Leaves are slightly rough. Ligule is a fringed membrane. The large, green sprangled panicle has five to twelve spikes and droops and turns pale after maturity. The spikelets are overlapping on short pedicels and have four to eight flowers.

Green sprangletop is a perennial, warm-season, native - 12 to 36 inches tall.

Good grazing for livestock. Fair grazing for wildlife. Highly palatable.


Grows on rocky hills and in canyons. A good grass to include in a native grass mixture for seeding overused or damaged ranges. Because of its use in roadside seeding, this grass is common on roadsides throughout much of Texas.