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Beardgrass or bluestem
Bothriochloa pertusa habit.jpg
Bothriochloa pertusa
Scientific classification

Type species
Bothriochloa anamitica
(syn of B. bladhii)
  • Amphilophis Nash
  • Dichanthium sect. Bothriochloa (Kuntze) Roberty

Bothriochloa is a common and widespread genus of plants in the grass family native to many countries on all inhabited continents and many islands.[4] They are often called beardgrass or bluestem.[5][6]

The name is derived from the Greek words "bothrio" meaning "trench" and "chloa" meaning "blade of grass."[7]

The following species are recognised:[3]

formerly included[3]

see Capillipedium, Dichanthium, Euclasta, Hemisorghum and Pseudosorghum.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kuntze, Carl Ernst Otto 1891. Revisio Generum Plantarum 2: 762 description in Latin, commentary in German
  2. ^ a b Tropicos, Bothriochloa Kuntze
  3. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ Watson L, Dallwitz MJ. (2008). "The grass genera of the world: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval; including synonyms, morphology, anatomy, physiology, phytochemistry, cytology, classification, pathogens, world and local distribution, and references". The Grass Genera of the World. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  5. ^ Jepson Manual Treatment
  6. ^ United States Department of Agriculture Plants Profile
  7. ^ Ellen Dorn, Native Plants of Arizona 2004, Bothriochloa barbinodis (Lag.) Herter