Scribner dichanthelium

Dichanthelium oligosanthes var. scribnerianum



The stems of this small bunchgrass are usually smooth but can be slightly hairy. If so, the hairs grow parallel to the stem. The base is flat, showing a rosette of wide but short basal leaves in winter. Leaf blades are erect, 2 to 5 inches long and nearly as wide. They are spear shaped with fine, short hairs on the underside. The sheath has distinct parallel veins and is covered with fine, stiff hairs growing from small bulbs or papilla. The seed head is open, irregularly shaped, with spikelets on the ends of the seed branches and sub-branches. The seed coat is lined and may have a few scattered hairs. This grass is also often called rosettegrass.

Scribner dichanthelium is a perennial, cool-season, native - 10 to 25 inches tall.

Fair grazing for both livestock and wildlife.