Andropogon gerardii (Big bluestem, Turkeyfoot, Tall bluestem, Bluejoint, ANGER) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-111523 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

last updated: 19 Jan 2017
Organism information
Andropogon gerardii
Kingdom Viridiplantae
Phylum Streptophyta
Class Liliopsida
Order Poales
Family Poaceae
Genus Andropogon
Species gerardii
  • Big bluestem
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  • Turkeyfoot
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  • Tall bluestem
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  • Bluejoint
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  • ANGER
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Plants
Domesticated
Characteristics related to biosafety
A tall grass native to much of the Great Plains and prairie regions of central North America and grasslands, savannas and woodlands throughout eastern North America.
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This species is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Depending on soil and moisture conditions, it grows to a height of 1–3 metres (3.3–9.8 ft). Big bluestem is a perennial bunchgrass. The stem base turns blue or purple as it matures. The seed heads have three spike-like projections. The roots are deep, and the plants send out strong, tough rhizomes, so it forms very strong sod. It blooms in the summer and seeds into the fall.
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  • Biofuel
  • Ornamental
  • Feed
Additional Information
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