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GRASS

The grass family includes some of the most important staple food plants, including wheat, corn, barley, rice, oats and sorghum.  These plants were some of the earliest cultivated plants. Grasses are also the main source of food for domestic animals, as well as wild herbivores.  Sugar cane and bamboo are also members of the grass family.

Bluebunch wheatgrass (Agropyron spicatum) was designated as the Official Grass of Washington in 1989.

Indian grass (Achnatherum hymenoides) was designated as the Official Grass of Utah in 1990

Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) was designated as the Official Grass of South Carolina in 2001.

Indiangrass was designated as the Official Grass of Oklahoma in 1972.

Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) was designated as the Official Grass of Texas in 1971.

Western Wheat Grass (Agropyron smithii) was designated as the Official Grass of South Dakota in 1970.

Western Wheatgrass was designated as the Official Grass of North Dakota in 1977.

Western Wheatgrass was designated as the Official Grass of Wyoming in 2007.

The state grass of Utah and Nevada is Indian Rice Grass (Oryzopsis hymenoides). It was eaten by Native Americans and early pioneers.

Montana designated Bluebunch Wheatgrass (Agropyron spicatum) as its Official State Grass in 1973.
 

 

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