Economic Grasses

Economic Grasses

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...smallest branches. It is best propagated by transplanting the runners. Seed is produced in abundance, but is both difficult to harvest and of rather uncertain vitality. No. 120. Hilaria mutica Benth. Black Bunch-grass. This is a rather coarse perennial, with creeping rootstocks, and stems 12 to 18 inches high. It is common on the dry mesas of New Mexico and Arizona, extending eastward into Texas and Indian Territory. Where abundant it is regarded as one of the most valuable native grasses and furnishes excellent pasturage at all times when not covered with snow, and is frequently cut for hay. It forms dense patches of greater or less extent on hillsides, mesas, and plains. It is also called "Black grama," and is largely gathered for hay, being uprooted with a hoe. (Pringle.) No. 121. Hilaria rigida (Thnrb.) Scribn. Galleta, (Fig. 49.) In the driest regions of southern California and Ari-zona, growing in the deserts where other grasses are rarely seen. It has coarse, much-branched, and woody stems, 2 feet high or more, growing in great clumps, resembling in its habit some of the dwarf bamboos. The stems and leaf sheaths are clothed with a dense, white-matted pubescence, which gives to the grass a peculiarly striking appearance. In the regions where it grows it is regarded as valuable forage for pack animals and mules, there being little other vegetation which they can eat. Without this grass miners and prospectors would find great difficulty in travers-ing the arid mountain and desert regions of the Southwest, since scarcely any other forage plants occur in the districts oc-cupied by it (Orcutt). The Hilarias, of which we have four species, are grasses peculiarly adapted for growth in the drier lands of the Southwest, and al-though they...
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  • English
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