give the appearance of a fox's tail. Flowers are violet, yellow or black, Fruits are light yellow with green stripes when mature. Usually a bunchgrass, Our work makes a difference, in the lives of Texans and on the economy. There are two leaf-like appendages at the base of seed branches. The inflorescence resembles a lovegrass, but single, fuzzy seeds are borne at the end of short branches. The panicle is green to purplish, 8 to 18 inches long and becomes straw yellow when mature. Pl… The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is a world leader in the development of new pasture legumes and provides information and advice to assist farmers in making appropriate species and cultivar decisions. The blade is 4-12 mm wide, 20-70 cm long and Lower leaves are opposite, lobed and compound; upper leaves are less compound and often entire. Sideoats grama grows on a wide variety of range sites and is grazed by all kinds of animals, decreasing with heavy grazing. at the top with maturity. source of nutrition before it matures. The awns soon fall, leaving shiny, fuzzy fruit. closed, forming a tube around the stem, with only a small notch The ligule is a dense ring or cup of hairs on the upper leaf surface at the collar. It is a bunchgrass with It grows on a variety of soils from sands to clays and decreases with heavy grazing. rusty-red colour at maturity. It is grazed heaviest during early fall and is adapted in areas 1 through 10. it has short rhizomes and may be weakly creeping. Leaves are held to the stem by auricles, This perennial, cool, native grass grows in areas 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and provides fair grazing for wildlife; good grazing for livestock. (Melilotus alba) This erect plant branches at the base with stems 24 to 96 inches tall and free of hairs. splits. (Bothriochloa saccharides var. Highest concentrations of the toxins occur in the stems, leaf sheaths, and seeds. The seedhead is long and zig-zag with many spikes (20 to 50) twisting around on the side when ripe. It presents descriptions and pictures of some of the most common weeds, and it provides references for other weeds that are not in this publication. The slender, erect stems normally with hairy, split-leaf (Quercus marilandica) This large hardwood tree has bark that is nearly black, very rough and in ridges on the trunk. Texas bluegrass grows on prairies and open woodlands in protected sites, often under trees, in areas 1 through 5, 7, 8 and 10. 4, below). Seeds furnish some food for ground birds. The blades are soft and lax; the ligule is a dense ring of straight hairs. The ligule is a very short membrane. A constriction resembling the letter "W" Terminal panicles are long, loose, open and usually erect, but slightly drooping at maturity. Leaves are simple, oblong and spine-tipped. Sheaths are slightly hairy, with long leaves that are hairy on the upper part near the base. Leaf sheaths are smooth with long, flat blades. (branching), spike (unbranched, with uniformly spaced spikelets) For more information on the characteristics, establishment and management of pasture varieties. (Trifolium repens) Plants grow 4 to 12 inches tall with many branches from the base, Branches creep and often take root at nodes. The ligule is a thin, pointed membrane The stems arise from short, knotty, underground rootstock. This type of dough is commonly used to make sausage rolls, pasties and plaits. tall. The ligule extends across the leaf collar. sheaths, clasping auricles and a short ligule; and a tough sod full It grows on upland sandy soil in areas 2 and 5 through 10, is a perennial, warm native and provides fair grazing for wildlife; fair grazing for livestock. The spikelets have three short, rough awns. The inflorescence is an open, fine This perennial, cool native provides poor grazing and is poisonous for all classes of animals. News It is found mostly along creeks and streams and in protected areas and decreases with heavy use, but can be used and managed similarly to pasture grasses. Accessing this message means you do not have a JavaScript enabled Flowers are yellow. flabelliformis) This low growing shrub, up to 10 feet tall, has many branches. Panicles are pyramid-shaped with many purplish spikelets. The light brown seed has a single, twisted, bent awn, 2½ to 4 inches long, and a barbed callus in the base; hence, it is sometimes called speargrass. The blade is 3-8 mm wide, 10-15 cm long and flat with a sharp-pointed Figure 12a. Usually, the branches are from one side of the main stem, which is woody. The male has pale, overlapping, awnless spikelets. (Buchloe dactyloides) This sod-forming grass grows 4 to 12 inches tall and has creeping surface runners that take root at the leafy nodes. There are no Blades are more than ½ inch wide. Stems are hollow. Flowers are produced on a fragrant, yellow, fluffy ball with many clusters of yellow stamens. (Pisum arvense) Leaves are borne throughout the length of slender, hollow stems that are 24 to 72 inches long. The stems are flat and short, 30-60 cm tall. Seed turn dark brown and shiny when ripe. of old dead leaf sheaths for several years. The sheath is split, with the margins overlapping. The long, slender blades have hairs at the throat. Red flowers are sessile to the top of the central stem. On long leaves, these glands are elongated and tapering. The wide crown is dense. It grows in fertile bottomland soil, in swamps and along stream banks in areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10. There are no auricles. It grows in savannahs in moist, sandy or clay soils in areas 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 and is a perennial, warm native that provides fair grazing for wildlife and livestock. The upper surface is prominently ribbed. The pinkish, narrow, loose panicle is 5 to 10 inches long. root system. (Bothriochloa barbinodis var. Figure 13a. hallii) This 12- to 24-inch tall grass grows in small, erect tufts and has slick, flat, green blades. Flowers are small and yellow with six to eight petals. The type and quality of the pasture grass available to your horse is an important decision as the nutritional content plays a significant role in your horse’s health and performance. of the bright green leaf blades, the soft, claw-like auricles and The inflorescence is short and compact, making it appear as a cylinder. The inflorescence is composed of whorled, slender spikes that are widely spreading when mature. (Zygadenus Nutallii) This member of the lily family has 12- to 24-inch stems and is produced from an underground bulb. The large, robust plants have bluish blades up to 2 feet long. The panicle is 8 to 12 inches long and bronze to yellowish with ½-inch awns, bent once and closely twisted to the bend. (Panicum obtusum) This 12- to 30-inch tall grass produces long, tough stolons with swollen, woolly joints that take root at the nodes. show things to check when looking at each of these plant parts. tall. the stem. (Scleropogon brevifolius) This 6- to 12inch sodgrass grows from fuzzy, scaly rhizomes, but also with stolons that take root at nodes. Seedheads usually come out in three branches like a turkey foot. Figure 15a. The top part of the stem is naked, producing a terminal, loose seedhead. Blades are straight, flat and not twisted, longpointed at the tip and tapering toward the base. Small, greenish flowers and brownish-black fruits are borne in the axils of the leaves. of leaves plus the boat-shaped leaf tips. This perennial, cool native grows in areas 1 through 10 and provides fair grazing for wildlife and livestock. (Paspalum lividum) This tall, sod-forming grass grows 20 to 40 inches tall with smooth stems growing from a creeping base, The leaf blades are about 3 inches long and up to 1/4inch wide. It is prominently ribbed on the top and smooth and shiny on The inflorescence Tall fescue is grown for pasture, hay, silage and as a companion crop with other forage grass varieties and legumes. Seed are in small pods. It has Contact Centre, Farm Property Class Tax species in different soil types.....13 Figure 3. The racemes usually spread with maturity. Foliage turns reddish brown when frosted. Plants are 2 to 2 ½ feet tall with green to blue-green leaves, rhizomatous and provide good ground cover. (Hymenoxys odorata) This many-branched plant varies in height from 4 to 24 inches tall. It is found in all vegetational areas except 1 and 3, is a perennial, warm native and is rated poor grazing for livestock and wildlife. Lemmas are awned. The reddish flowers are tinged with purple and the hairy leaves and seed pods give the plant a silvery appearance. Collar types (seen from the back of the leaf blade). This perennial, warm native grows in areas 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8 and provides poor grazing for wildlife and livestock. It has The length of the leaflets is 1½ times the width, Small, pointed, leaf-like appendages are at the base of each leaf branch. A bluish-green grass commonly found in run-down pastures. Nearly all of the 1- to 2-inch-long leaves are separated into 3 slender parts, all about the same length. the cultivated species can be found in OMAFRA Publication 811, Agronomy The runners are long, wiry, rough-feeling and have hair at the nodes (buffalograss is smooth). Leaves are elliptical to oblong, 2 to 5 inches long, rounded on the tip, dark green and somewhat hairy on the under surface. Flowers are white. The large, green sprangled panicle is composed of five to 12 spikes and droops and pales after maturity. is broad and continuous. Internodes are flattened and the ligule is a conspicuous ring of white hairs. The pale-green sheath can be either closed or split. It grows in areas 7 through 10 and is a perennial, warm native that provides poor grazing for and is poisonous to wildlife and livestock. Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea) By far one of the most popular grasses, tall fescue is medium to … Yellow Indiangrass is a perennial, warm native that provides fair grazing for wildlife; good grazing for livestock. Pods usually grow in clusters and are tightly coiled and fringed with a double row of soft spines. Leaves are crowded at the base. (Andropogon gerardii) A 36- to 60-inch tall bunchgrass that grows from short rootstock, big bluestem produces tall, slim culms, The lower sheaths and leaves usually are fuzzy and very hairy. Hall panicum grows in all areas except 1 and is a perennial, warm native that provides fair grazing for livestock and wildlife. (Heteropogon contortus) This 12- to 42inch tall bunchgrass grows in tufts, erect, with flat overlapping sheaths. (Engelmannia pinnatifida) This light green, upright plant has alternate, scalloped or lobed leaves, Upper leaves are attached directly to the stem with short hairs covering the stems and leaves. Tall Fescue is easily established, hardy, survives heavy animal traffic, and is somewhat drought resistant. The long, extended, nodding panicles have three to five racemes, with long hairs at the axils. Older leaves are fine and alternate along the branch stems. Grass Species (Creeping Red Fescue). This causes an amino acid deficiency that can be seen as a poor hair coat, a hay belly, poor top line, unsoundness and illness. or folded lengthwise. Introduction Pasture management must emphasize utilization of all feed grown. consult your local livestock extensionist or pastures advisor. This perennial, cool and warm native grows in areas 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and provides poor grazing for wildlife and livestock. tip. Serrations are sometimes pointed and sometimes rounded. The inflorescence has three to six purple spikes, resembling a bird’s foot. Skunkbush is a perennial, warm native that grows in areas 4, 5, 7, 8 and 10 and provides fair grazing for wildlife and livestock. All parts of the plant are poisonous to livestock and humans. (Erioneuron pilosum) This low, tufted grass grows 4 to 12 inches tall and usually has only one node above the basal cluster of leaves. It is a perennial, warm introduced grass that provides fair grazing for wildlife; good grazing for livestock. In mixed The middle leaflet has a slightly longer leaf stalk than the other two leaflets. Leaves are very slender, attached directly to the stem and pointed: Upper leaves often are folded against the stem, making the plant look like a skeleton plant. The inflorescence is a contracted panicle, ¾ to 1¼ inches long and has 4 to 10 large, pale spikelets. characteristics of various forage types is provided in Table 7. The blade is 3-8 mm wide and 10-50 cm long, the upper Learn how to identify invasive, noxious, and sometimes poisonous, pasture weeds that commonly infest horse pastures. The viny plant, resembling vetch but more robust, has weak stems up to 36 inches long, trailing on the ground and climbing or clinging to other plants. Stem nodes are bearded. (Panicum virgatum) This 36- to 72-inch tall bunchgrass grows in small to large clumps with many scaly, creeping rhizomes. 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