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A closer look at bushy bluestem

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Here’s a closer look at the bushy bluestem, Andropogon glomeratus, that I found growing at the Riata Trace Pond in northwest Austin on November 8.

For more information about the wet-ground-loving Andropogon glomeratus, including a map showing the many places in the United States where it grows, you can visit the USDA website.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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  1. So pretty. Very nice macro.


    November 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM

  2. Glad you posted this close-up. It’s such a pretty grass.


    November 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

  3. I have read so many things where this was mentioned. It’s nice to see some excellent photos of the plant!


    November 30, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    • Thanks, Terry. I’m sorry for your sake that this species seems to require a warmer climate than that of Montana. I was surprised in two ways when I looked at the USDA map and found bushy bluestem on Long Island, where I grew up. For one thing, that’s a colder place than I would have expected for this generally southern species, and for another thing I don’t remember bushy bluestem from my childhood, even though I probably saw it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 30, 2012 at 4:36 AM

      • I see that it also grows in Arizona where I spent a lot of years, but I don’t remember seeing it there either.


        November 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM

        • Sounds like a handy excuse for a visit to Arizona, maybe in February after months of frigid weather in Montana, when that warm Arizona sunshine would be mighty welcome.

          Steve Schwartzman

          November 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      • Do you suppose it’s the moderating marine influence that allowed it to take root there? I have a friend who lives on Cape Cod, and an acquaintance in coastal Maine. They’ve both expressed surprised at plants they’ve found in their areas they didn’t expect, and the commonality seems to be the water.


        December 1, 2012 at 6:57 AM

        • The commonality of water is certainly plausible, but I honestly don’t know. I wish I’d taken at least one botany course in college so I’d have a better grasp of such things.

          Steve Schwartzman

          December 1, 2012 at 9:17 AM

  4. Well, I’ve compared and compared and I think I did indeed find some bushy bluestem at Anahuac.


    December 1, 2012 at 7:20 PM

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