grama grass

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The colloquial name for a genus (Bouteloua) of perennial or annual grasses that grows in clumps or tufts throughout North America and includes such range grasses as: black grama, hairy grama, blue grama, and sideoats grama. The genus Bouteloua was named after Spanish botanists, Claudio and Esteban Boutelou.

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"Needle-and-thread and blue grama grassland, Twin Arrows, Near Padre Canyon, Coconino County, Arizona" by Patrick Alexander.