Monday, May 14, 2012

Plant of the Week

Buffalo grass
Buchloe dactyloides (Nutt.) Engelm.
other common names: early mesquite
Buchloe: from Greek bous, meaning “cow,” and cloe, meaning “grass,” a Greek rendition of buffalo grass
Dactyloides: from Greek dactylos, meaning “finger,” and oid, meaning “like,” perhaps for the appearance of the leaves or for a resemblance to Dactylis, the genus of orchardgrass. (This is the only species in the genus.)
Grass family: Poaceae (Gramineae)

Photograph by Thomas Rosburg, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition

1 comment:

  1. We live in Austin Texas and have planted our yard with Buffalo grass. What are the long, tough shoots in the grass? Are they weeds or seeds? We have been trying to kill them, but they are everywhere. Are they normal?