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heat of Texas and New Mlexico than the latter. Buffalo hunters in
the early days called it " southern buffalo grass," but it is now known
as " curly mesquite." In very dry weather the leaves and stems dry
up and look as though they were dead, but in a day after a warm rain
it turns green to the end of its smallest blade. When cured on its
roots stock fatten on it without grain. It may be compared with Bermuda
grass in general appearance and manner of growth, but is far
superior as a drought-resistant grass for general range purposes. Pas
5.-Curly mesquite (Hilaria cenchroides).
tures may be sodded down to it by harrowing in bits of chopped up
turf in the early spring or by lleeling in bits of turf after rain when
the ground is soft. It rapidly spreads from these initial points, and in
the course of a year will form a fine turf over the entire field. It is
therefore one of the best grasses to be used in the renovation of the
Ground plum (Astragalus crassicarpus).-This is a perennial legume,
which grows throughout the entire prairie region. It is well known on
account of its fleshy plums or pods, which are produced in the greatest
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