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Sporobolus flexuosus - (Thunb.)Rydb.

Common Name Mesa Dropseed
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Deserts below 1200 metres in California[71].
Range South-western N. America - Texas to Utah, Nevada, California and Mexico.
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Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Sporobolus flexuosus Mesa Dropseed


Sporobolus flexuosus Mesa Dropseed

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Sporobolus flexuosus is a PERENNIAL. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked[257]. It can be ground into a flour and used as a gruel or can be mixed with cereal flours when making bread, biscuits etc[46, 61, 105, 161]. The grain falls free from the chaff when it is fully ripe[216]. The seed is very small and fiddly to utilize[K]. A famine food, it is normally only used when other foods are in short supply[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in any well drained soil in a sunny position[200].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer if they have grown sufficiently. Otherwise, grow them on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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