Tripsacum dactyloides (L.) L.

Eastern Gamma Grass

Tripsacum dactyloides plant

Family - Poaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Tripsacum dactyloides sheathLeaf base.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Tripsacum dactyloides inflorescence

Flowers - No info. yet.

Tripsacum dactyloides staminate flowersStaminate florets.

Tripsacum dactyloides pistillate flowersPistillate florets.

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Upland prairies, glades, savannas, margins of mesic to dry upland woods, roadsides, railroads, disturbed sites.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This big species can be found scattered throughout most of Missouri but is most common in the western half of the state. The plant is a characteristic upland prairie species.
T. dactyloides is a robust plant which makes quality cattle fodder and hay. In certain areas of the state the plant is being re-introduced in prairie areas that had been previously destroyed.

Photographs taken at Taberville Prairie, MO., 6-7-03 and 6-16-05.