Tall Dropseed - Sporobolus compositus
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Known in Montana from 3 collections; a 1939 collection near Ekalaka, a 1957 collection from Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Laboratory and a 1980 collection from Bighorn County.
Perennial. Stems 30–80 cm. Leaves: blades 2–4 mm wide; throat with a tuft of hairs. Inflorescence a contracted panicle 5–15 cm long, mostly enclosed in leaf sheath. Spikelets 4–6 mm long. Lemmas 3–6 mm long (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Mature fruit in August.
Both S. cryptandrus and S. airoides have spikelets less than 3 mm long and more open inflorescences.
Collected in Carter County; sporadic throughout most of North America (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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Open forests and grasslands on the plains.
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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.