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 Sporobolus subsp. var.  Dropseed, Rushgrass
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Lifespan: perennial, annual
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Sporobolus is a genus of grasses in the family Poaceae. They are usually called dropseed grasses or sacaton grasses. They are typical prairie and savanna plants, but occur in other open habitat in warmer climates also.

While some dropseed grasses make nice gardening plants, they are generally considered to make inferior pastures as evidenced by names like "poverty grass" or Smutgrass. On the other hand, seeds of at least some species are edible and nutritious; they were used as food for example by the Chiricahua Apaches. Other species are reported to be used as famine foods, such as Sporobolus indicus (Oromiffa Muriy) in parts of the Oromia Region of Ethiopia.[1]

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Sporobolus (Greek, spora, seed, and ballein, to cast forth, referring to the grain readily falling from the spikelet). Gramineae. Dropseed. Spikelets 1-fld., awnless, usually small, in narrow or open panicles.—About 80 species, chiefly of Temp. and Trop. Amer., of little value. S. cryptandrus, Gray, a widely distributed annual, is considered a good forage grass; S. Wrightianus, Munro, Sacaton, of the alkali lands of the S. W. and of Mex., and S. airoides, Torr., an allied species, furnish pasture in alkali flats. S. minutiflorus, Link, a slender annual with minute spikelets in a delicate panicle, is offered as an ornamental by some seedsmen under the name of Agrostis minutiflora. The species are little known horticulturally. CH

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Sporobolus fertilis "Giant Parramatta Grass"



  1. Dechassa Lemessa, "Prosperity Fades - Jimma and Illubabor Zones of Oromiya Region", UN-EUE Field Report, November 1999 (accessed 15 May 2009)

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