Sporobolus cryptandrus strictus Scribn.
Sporobolus strictus (Scribn.) Scribn.
Common Name: Spike Dropseed
Sporobolus contractus is a perennial, clump-forming grass with erect culms 2 - 3mm in diameter and 40 - 110cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials. It is use in soil stabilization projects within its native range.
South-western N. America - California to Colorado, south to northern Mexico and Texas
Mesas, dry bluffs and sandy soils[
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A plant mainly of the temperate and subtropical zones, just entering the tropics in Mexico.
Succeeds in any well drained soil in a sunny position[
]. The plant is adapted to a wide range of soil types, but performs best on loamy fine, silty and sandy loam soils[
Seed - raw or cooked. It can be ground into a flour and used to make gruel, bread, biscuits etc[
]. The seed is small and very fiddly to utilize[
The plant can be used as a component of a seeding mixture for critical area plantings and conservation cover. It is a bunchgrass with very thick vegetation near the soil surface which can be used to stabilize sandy eroding soils[
Bunches of the grass leaves have been fastened together to make mats for covering doorways etc in the home[
Seed - sow in situ and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.
Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions.
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