Grassland Workshop A Success

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Borderlands Restoration in Uncategorized
Spruce-Top Grama or Bouteloua chondrosioides against a SE AZ grassland sky.

Spruce-Top Grama or Bouteloua chondrosioides against a SE AZ grassland sky.

The “Let’s Get Grassed”  workshop, held September 14 was a lot of fun.

An essential part of our ecosystem, native grasses are more than beautiful wallpaper or forage for livestock. We learned about & celebrated the diversity, beauty, and function of these abundant species. As a landscape plant incorporate these drought adapted plants into your garden. We talked about the value of grass as soil builders, for wildlife, and most importantly, how grass holds our landscape together.

Fifteen people showed up, from Patagonia locals and ranchers to out-of-town visitors. Linda Kennedy from National Audobon Appleton-Whittel Research Ranch imparted her grassland wisdom on the group. We identified a dozen or so grass species, and participants left with their own field guides, bundles of grass, and even some potted grass plants to enhance diversity in their backyards.

We shared a potluck dinner after the tour & grass collecting to discuss grasslands and the value of grass in our collective lives.

Look for more ecology workshops in the future.

This is the species list created at the event:

Species Name Common Name Nativity Notes
Aristida oligantha Prarie Three-awn Native
Aristida purpurea Purple Three-awn Native
Aristida ternipes Spidergrass Native
Bothriochloa barbinodis Cane Bluestem Native
Bothriochloa laguroides Silver Beardgrass Native
Bouteloua aristidoides Needle Grama Native
Bouteloua chondrosioides Spruce-Top Grama Native
Bouteloua curtipendula Side Oats Grama Native
Bouteloua eludins Santa Rita Mtn. Grama Native The rare endemic Grama.
Bouteloua eriopoda Black Grama Native
Bouteloua gracilis Blue Grama Native
Bouteloua rothrockii Rothrock’s Grama Native
Cenchrus spinifex Costal Sandbur Native
Chloris virgata Feather Finger Grass Native
Cynodon dactylon Bermuda Grass Introduced Originally from the middle east; thought to have entered mainland US via Bermuda.
Eragrostis cilianensis Stink Grass Introduced
Eragrostis curvula Weaping Lovegrass Introduced
Eragrostis lehmanniana Lehmann’s Lovegrass Introduced
Eriochloa acuminata Tapertip Cupgrass Native
Heteropogon contortus Tanglehead Native
Hilaria belangeri Curly Mesquite Native
Hilaria mutica Tabosagrass Native
Hopia obtusa Vine Mesquite Native
Melinis repens Rose Natal Grass Introduced
Setaria grisebachii Grisback’s Bristlegrass Native
Setaria macrostachya Large-Spike Bristlegrass Native
Sorghum halepense Johnson Grass Introduced
Sporobolus wrightii Big Sacaton Native
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