A Field Guide to the Prairie

Prairie Dropseed
Photo and text: Prairie Frontier
Prairie Dropseed
Sporobolus heterolepis
Grass Family (Poaceae)
Habitat/Range: Shortgrass prairie

This bunch-grass produces a fountain of slender leaves that are green in the summer and changes to golden rust during fall. The leaves are up to 20" long and normally less than 1/8" wide.


On the Prairie Field Guide Index

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