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Plants of the UNF Campus

Tripsacum floridanum - Dwarf gamma grass
Family Poaceae


About five species of Tripsacum are native to warm regions of the Americas. The genus Tripsacum is very closely related to Zea (maize) and hybrids are reported. Dwarf gamma grass is native to southern Florida and possibly Cuba. Its dense, fibrous root system is excellent for erosion control. Relatively large seeds produced in late summer are eaten by birds. This is considered a threatened species in Florida.


See plants at the library and around parking lot 2.


Herbaceous perennial with leaves to about two feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: drought tolerant

Soil: adaptable, no special requirements

This native grass is easy to grow in northeast Florida. It grows naturally in rocky, dry, sunny locations and is reasonably drought tolerant in the garden.

Tripsacum floridanum