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Chasmanthium latifolium   (Michx. ) Yates
Riley County, Kansas
Height: 2-4 feet
Family: Poaceae - Grass Family
Flowering Period:   July, August, September
Also Called: Wild oats.
Culms: Erect, simple or sparingly branched, hollow, glabrous, ribbed.
Blades: Flat, 2 to 8.5 inches long, .25 to 1 inch wide, midrib conspicuous, glabrous or sparsely soft-hairy near ligule; margins rough; tips pointed.
Sheaths: Usually shorter than internodes, open, glabrous.
Ligules: Membranous, fringed with short hairs.
Inflorescences: Panicles, 5-10 inches long, drooping.
Spikelets: On long, threadlike stalks, 5-17-flowered, ovate to broadly oblong, .5 to 1.5 inch long, .5 to .75 inch wide, flat, green, tawny when mature; awns absent; glumes and lemmas keeled.
Habitat: Wooded areas and along streams, in moist soils.
Distribution: East 1/2 of Kansas
Uses: Native Americans occasionally ate the seeds. Wild oats sometimes is used in dried floral arrangements.
Comments: Rhizomatous.

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