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Bermuda grass can not be compared in its cirought-resistant qualities
with curly mesquite or buffalo grass, which it resembles in habit. It
is better adapted to moist river banks, the borders of tanks, and low
ground generally. Where the land can be irrigated, it is doubtful
whether there is any grass wlhich will furnish more or better grazing,
but it is reported by a number of stockmen who have tried to seed down
pastures to it that the curly mesquite will run it out in dry years. It
FIG. 1.-Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon).
does not produce seed in great abundance, and so must be propagated
by division of the roots.
Black grama (Hilaria mutica) (fig. 2).-This is one of the most important
grasses of the "staked plains" and of the country to the westward. It
apparently does not extend eastward in Texas lower than 2,000 feet
altitude. In former times this grass was abundant near Colorado City
and Big Springs, Tex., and was cut for hay, which was highly valued
by feeders to whom it was shipped in other sections of Texas; but the
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