Sporobolus texanus

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Sporobolus texanus
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Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Sporobolus
Species: S. texanus
Binomial name
Sporobolus texanus

Sporobolus texanus is a species of grass known by the common name Texas dropseed.[1] It is native to the western United States.[2]

This species is a perennial bunchgrass with fibrous roots. The stems grow 20 to 70 centimeters long and may be erect or decumbent. The leaf blades are up to 18 centimeters long, but are generally shorter. The panicle is an open array of thin branches bearing tiny purplish spikelets.[3]

This species is added to seed mixes for rangeland. It can tolerate saline and alkaline soils, such as those around oil well pads. It grows close to the ground and has fibrous roots which help it bind the soil to reduce erosion. It provides good cover for small animals.[4]


  1. ^ "Sporobolus texanus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Sporobolus texanus. NatureServe.
  3. ^ Sporobolus texanus. Grass Manual Treatment.
  4. ^ Sporobolus texanus. USDA NRCS Plant Fact Sheet.