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Any of various grasses of several genera, especially Andropogon, Bothriochloa, and Schizachyrium, often with bluish-green leaves, some of which are important North American prairie grasses.
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a name applied to a number of North American prairie grasses
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any of several prairie grasses of the genus Andropogon, having bluish leaf sheaths, grown for forage.
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Noun1.bluestem - tall grass with smooth bluish leaf sheaths grown for hay in the United Statesbluestem - tall grass with smooth bluish leaf sheaths grown for hay in the United States
grass - narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
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While we were lying there against the warm bank, a little insect of the palest, frailest green hopped painfully out of the buffalo grass and tried to leap into a bunch of bluestem. He missed it, fell back, and sat with his head sunk between his long legs, his antennae quivering, as if he were waiting for something to come and finish him.
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Grasses included big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), yellow indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides), bufflegrass (Cenchrus ciliaris), and King Ranch bluestem (Bothriochloa ischaemum).
In a study at two Mandan, North Dakota, locations, Kristine Nichols, a microbiologist with the ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, found that soils under native grasses--switchgrass, blue grama, big bluestem, and indiangrass--have higher levels of glomalin than soils planted to normative grasses, such as Russian wildrye, intermediate wheatgrass, crested wheatgrass, and western wheatgrass.
The soils on the study site are Norge loams: fine-silty, active thermic Udic Paleustolls, with big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) the most common grass (-30% of total biomass: Northup et al., 2002) and forbs also present.
(2003) identified above-ground vegetation responses to the timing and frequency of grazing big bluestem pasture.