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Slim Tridens
Tridens muticus
About Slim Tridens (Tridens muticus) Nurseries Show All Photos Tridens muticus is a species of grass known by the common name slim tridens. It is native to Mexico and the southwestern quadrant of the United States, where it grows several types of habitat, including plateau and desert, woodlands, sagebrush, plains, and other areas with dry sandy and clay soils. It is a perennial grass forming a thick tuft with a knotted base and rhizome. It reaches a maximum height of 50 to 80 centimeters. The panicle has short branches appressed to the others, making the inflorescence narrow. The florets are generally purple in color.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1.6 - 2.6 ft (0.49 - 0.8 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
677' - 7128'

Annual Precip. ?
3.5" - 24.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.43" - 2.93"

Coldest Month ?
39.9° F - 60.4° F

Hottest Month ?
64.2° F - 87.4° F

Humidity ?
4.64 vpd - 40.31 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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