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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Poaceae
Subfamilia: Chloridoideae
Tribus: Cynodonteae
Subtribus: Pappophorinae
Genus: Pappophorum
Species: Pappophorum bicolor

Pappophorum bicolor E.Fourn.

Mexicanas Plantas Nuper a Collectoribus Expeditionis Scientificae Allatas aut Longis ab Annis in Herbario Musei Parisiensis Depositas Praeside J. Decaisne... Enumerandas Curavit Eug. Fournier, Paris 2:133. 1886 (W. B. Hemsley, Biol. cent.-amer., Bot. 3:568. 1886)
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Pappophorum bicolor in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Pappophorum bicolor is a species of grass known by the common name pink pappusgrass.


The plant is bunchgrass endemic to North America, where it occurs in Northeastern Mexico and in Texas (United States).[2] It is found in the Great Plains, other prairies, meadows, pastures, oak savannahs, and along roadsides.

This perennial bunchgrass grows up to 1 m (3 ft.) tall. The leaves are up to 20 or 30 centimeters long.

The narrow panicle is somewhat pink to purple in color.[2] It blooms from April to November.

Pink pappusgrass is used for the revegetation of rangeland, seeding along roadways, and for native habitat restoration.[3] It is good for wildlife, and it provides a forage for livestock.

Pappophorum bicolor is cultivated as an ornamental grass, for use in traditional, native plant, and wildlife gardens.[4][5][6]

The grass may be attacked by the rice stink bug (Oebalus pugnax).[3]

illustration circa 1950, probably by Agnes Chase, published in for Albert S. Hitchcock, Manual of the grasses of the United States. Ed. 2.
Grass Manual Treatment: Pappophorum bicolor. Archived 2015-04-27 at the Wayback Machine
Pappophorum bicolor. USDA NRCS Plant Fact Sheet.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Information Network−NPIN: Pappophorum bicolor
Pappophorum bicolor. USDA NRCS Plant Guide.
Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife; Damude, N. & K.C. Bender; Texas Parks and Wildlife Press; (1999) Austin, Texas; ISBN 1885696302 .

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