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Joe Truett

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520258396

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520258396.001.0001

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Grass and Grazers: An Ecological Primer

Grass and Grazers: An Ecological Primer

(p.51) Eight Grass and Grazers: An Ecological Primer


University of California Press

This chapter discusses grass height, season of growth, and longevity. There are three grass height categories: tall, mid-height, and short. These have become standard ways of describing grasslands, grass stands, and even grass species. Warm-season grasses tend to dominate at lower latitudes, while cool-season grasses occur farther north or higher in the mountains. Perennial grasses plants live ten, twenty, or more years and send down long roots that give the dark cast and lasting fertility to true prairie soils. Annual grasses live a year or less, overwinter as seeds, and colonize waste places and grain fields. The chapter also describes grass resilience to heat and drought and grass persistence under heavy grazing.

Keywords:   grass, grass height, grasslands, grass stands, warm-season grasses, cold-season grasses, perennial grasses, annual grasses

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