from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A grama-grass, Atheropogon curtipendulus, ranging from New Jersey to the Rocky Mountains and southward into Mexico. Where abundant it makes fair hay, and its root-leaves make good pasture, though the blue grama is preferred by stock. It is one of the tallest of its genus and bears many short declined spikes along the sides of the stem. Also called tall grama, jointed grama, and prairie-oats, in Tennessee horseshoe-grass, and in the southwestern United States mesquite or mesquite-grass.
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Limestone glades are dominated by little bluestem and side-oats grama, and contain southern flora (Schwegman, 1973, p. 28).
In the early 19th century, dry to mesic prairies (often dominated by little bluestem and side-oats grama) and oak savanna were widespread on rolling uplands and flat plateau remnants.
They include side-oats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), black grama (Bouteloua eriopoda), and purple three-awn (Aristida purpurea).
He pointed out different kinds of grasses: wheatgrass and little bluestem, June grass and dropseed, needlegrass and side-oats grama.