Bothriochloa saccharoides

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Bothriochloa saccharoides

Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Bothriochloa
Species: B. saccharoides
Binomial name
Bothriochloa saccharoides
(Sw.) Rydb.

Bothriochloa saccharoides is a species of grass known by the common name silver bluestem. It is native to the Americas, including Mexico, the Caribbean, and parts of Central and South America.[1]

This perennial bunchgrass grows to 2 to 3 feet in height. The leaves reach 8 inches long. The stems are often purplish toward the base. The inflorescence is white and hairy. The plant produces many seeds.[2]

This species is used for grazing cattle, especially in the spring before the inflorescences form. Goats eat the seed heads. The grass can be added to a hay mix.[2]


  1. ^ Bothriochloa saccharoides. Germplasm Resources Information Network.
  2. ^ a b Bothriochloa saccharoides. USDA NRCS Plant Fact Sheet.

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