Bouteloua curtipendula side-oats Poaceae BOCU; Q, j;

Bouteloua curtipendula. en.wikipedia.org

Bouteloua curtipendula. en.wikipedia.org (Accessed 11/2017).

Bouteloua curtipendula is a perennial C4 grass (Wilson and Hartnet 1998) 30-100 cm tall, erect, from short rhizomes, sheaths finely hairy near top, ligule of short-hairs. 

Bouteloua curtipendula leaf. By Anna Gardner. Copyright © 2017. Ada Hayden Herbarium, Iowa State U. New England Wild Flower Society. gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Bouteloua curtipendula leaf. By Anna Gardner. Copyright © 2017. Ada Hayden Herbarium, Iowa State U. New England Wild Flower Society. gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 11/2017).

Leaves alternate, 10-30 cm long, 0.2-0.7 cm wide, bristly-hairy near ends, rough textured above (scabrous); 

Flower spikelets widely spaced along spike, 0.7-1 cm long, first glume much shorter than keeled second glume, lemma 3-awned, very rough-textured; inflorescence spikes 8-20 cm long, one-sided. 

Bouteloua curtipendula Inflorescences. By Arthur Haines. Copyright © 2017. New England Wild Flower Society. gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Bouteloua curtipendula Inflorescences. By Arthur Haines. Copyright © 2017. New England Wild Flower Society. gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 11/2017).

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Rare (NYS endangered). 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry woods, prairies, soil pH 5.5-8.5, moderately tolerant of drought, intolerant of fire, salt and shade (USDA, NRCS 2010).