Grazing Oklahoma: Sand Dropseed

(Courtesy of the Noble Research Institute)

By Rob Cook

Characteristics: Sand dropseed is a native, warm-season, perennial bunch grass. At maturity, it reaches about 18 to 42 inches tall. The leaves are 1/8- to 1/4- inch wide, flat and taper towards the tip. The leaf just below the seed head grows out at a 90-degree angle from the stem. It sometimes referred to as a “flag leaf,” as it can be seen tattered and blowing in the wind during the winter. The most identifiable characteristic of sand dropseed is the dense ring of hairs at the leaf collar where the leaf meets the stem. The seed head is wide at the base and narrow at the top; although, on some plants, the seed head can be partially or fully enclosed by the sheath and never emerge like most grasses.

Learn more about sand dropseed in the June issue of OKFR!