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Schedonnardus Steud.

Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Genus Parent: Poaceae Status: Valid

Common Names:

  • TUMBLE GRASS - English, United States of America
  • TEXAS CRAB GRASS - English, United States of America


Notes: A monotypic C₄ genus of North America that has recently been introduced into Argentina (Snow 2003b). Some authorities consider it related to Gymnopogon (Clayton & Renvoize 1986), but recent molecular evidence (Hilu & Alice 2001) questions this conclusion. The inflorescence acts as a tumbleweed, and Mabberley (1997) noted that this species is a conspicuous feature of deserted towns in Western films. (Greek: schedon, near, and Nardus, from its resemblance to that grass genus) (subfamily Chloridoideae, tribe Cynodonteae)