Plant Spotting: James' Galleta

Plant Spotting: James' Galleta

By Max Licher, http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet

SCIENTIFIC NAME(S):

  • Hilaria jamesii (Torr.) Benth.

  • Pleuraphis jamesii

COMMON NAME(S):

  • James' galleta

  • Galleta grass

  • Galleta

FAMILY:

Poaceae

GROWTH:

Warm season grass

ECOLOGY:

Galleta grass is endemic to the Southwest. It can be found in a wide variety of habitats, such as scrub, woodland, grassland, and plateau. It is very tolerant of arid environments. Galleta is rhizomatous and grows in small clumps. It’s is a warm-season grass, and tends to be more water-efficient than many other grasses. It can also photosynthesize at high temperatures and under relatively droughty conditions. Galleta is a decent forage plant for livestock and wildlife. It is also grown as a lawn alternative, or for reclamation projects due to its drought resilience.

Collected by: M. Butterwick, http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet