Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Tridens strictus (Nutt.) Nash
- Family: Grass (Poaceae)
- Flowering: July-October
- Field Marks: This grass has solitary spikes up to 12 inches long, spikelets that are 4- to 10-flowered, and a ligule that consists of a ring of hairs.
- Habitat: Along streams, around lakes and ponds, wet prairies, savannas.
- Habit: Perennial grass with short rhizomes.
- Stems: Upright, smooth, unbranched, up to 4 feet tall.
- Leaves: Elongated, up to 1/3 inch wide, rough to the touch on the upper surface, smooth on
the lower surface; sheaths smooth or ciliate; ligule a ring of hairs.
- Flowers: 4-10 borne in spikelets; spikelets arranged in a contracted spike-like panicle up to 12
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Notes: The old fibrous leaf bases from the year before usually persist during the next season.
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