Bouteloua eriopoda

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Bouteloua eriopoda
Bouteloua eriopoda.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Bouteloua
Species: B. eriopoda
Binomial name
Bouteloua eriopoda
(Torr.) Torr.[1]

Chondrosum eriopodum Torr. in Emory [2]

Bouteloua eriopoda, commonly known as black grama, is a perennial prairie grass that is native to the Southwestern United States. Its main means of reproduction is by stolons, as its ratio of viable seeds to sterile ones is naturally low. The disparity may play a role in its lack of tolerance to overgrazing (relative to other grasses), but aside from this B. eriopoda is a good forage food for livestock.

It was first described, as Chondrosum eriopodum, in 1848 from specimens collected along and nearby the "Del Norte" river in New Mexico.[2]


B. eriopoda is found in the following U.S. states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.[3]


  1. ^ Pacific Railr. Rep. 4(pt. 5 [no. 4]) (Whipple). 155. 1857 "Plant Name Details for Bouteloua eriopoda". IPNI. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Notes Milit. Reconn. [Emory] 153. 1848 "Plant Name Details for Chondrosum eriopodum". IPNI. Retrieved December 1, 2009. Along the Del Norte, and in the region between that river and the waters of the Gila, New Mexico (South-Central U.S.A., Northern America) 
  3. ^ USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

External links[edit]

Data related to Bouteloua eriopoda at Wikispecies