tricholepis (Torr.) Nash
slender, erect, densely tufted bunchgrass growing 10 to 13 inches
tall, with basal leaves and fibrous roots. It reproduces from seeds
and tillers. It starts growth in late June or early July, completes
growth in September, and generally comprises only a small portion
of the vegetation.
Panicle type inflorescence 2 to 9 inches long, which can be open
or contracted. Spikelets are small, containing one floret with a
distinctive greenish-gray or bluish-gray color, and with silky hairs
on the keel and marginal nerves.
are abundant, but mostly small and basal, therefore providing little
forage. Ligules are fringed with hairs on the margins.
Dropseed is native to Southern Utah and is usually found in open
parks and meadows in the subalpine zone and in th open timber of
the ponderosa pine and pinyon-juniper types.
to a broad range of soils, but is most abundant in rocky, moderately
muhly, Junegrass, bluegrasses, ponderosa
palatability and quality of young Pine dropseed plants is very good
for all classes of livestock. The quality rapidly declines with
maturity. The stems are neglected or only slightly grazed after
maturing. It is generally one of the highest quality grasses in
A healthy pine dropseed community in areas where it is native to
is an indicator of a rangeland in good condition .