Curly Mesquite
Hilaria Belangeri

Low tufte perennial 25 to 30 cm. or less tall; culms mostly stoloniferous, curving over and rooting at the nodes.

Rocky slopes, dry hillsides and sandy plains, mostly at 3,000 to 6,000 feet; flowering mostly August to November but occasionally in the spring also. Found in Texas and Arizona and through northern Mexico. Often develops in large colonies and is an important forage grass. It is the most palatable of the hilarias and holds up well under heavy grazing.

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