buffalo grass, male flowers, sticking up
Buffalo grass, Buchloë dactyloides
' (or Bouteloua dactyloides
) [previous posts on buffalo grass and bison
; drought tolerance
] is a short drought-tolerant native American grass. It was one of the dominant (most common) grasses of the American high plains with a broad range from Mexico to Canada across our driest grasslands. It is highly regarded as food for cattle and bison. It is now being widely planted as a water-efficient lawn grass.
The success of buffalo grass is the more amazing to me because buffalo grass is dioecious. Dioecious means that there are male plants and female plants that have to mate before a seed is produced.