Small Dropseed - Sporobolus neglectus
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Rare in Montana, where it is known from a few widely scattered and poorly documented sites.
Annual. Stems 10–40 cm. Leaves: blades 1–2 mm wide; throat with a tuft of hairs. Inflorescence a narrow panicle 1–4 cm long, partially enclosed in leaf sheath. Spikelets 2–3 mm long. Lemmas 1.5–2.9 mm long (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Mature fruit in August-September.
Sporobolus vaginiflorus is similar but has glumes greater than 2.5 mm long. It is has been collected only once in MT and was likely adventive. Our other members of this genus are perennials with terminal inflorescences only.
Throughout much of North America excepting the Intermountain Region and the very southeast (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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Grasslands in the valleys and on the plains; both natural and disturbed habitats are represented in MT.
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- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.