Gulf cordgrass: distribution, ecology and responses to prescribed burning
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): C. J. Scifres; D. L. Drawe
Editor(s): C. W. Hanselka; D. L. Drawe
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • coastal plain
  • distribution
  • droughts
  • fine fuels
  • fire adaptations (plants)
  • foliage
  • forage
  • grasses
  • grazing
  • livestock
  • perennial plants
  • plant communities
  • prairies
  • season of fire
  • seeds
  • soils
  • Spartina
  • Spartina spartinae
  • Texas
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 13813
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From the Introduction:'Ranchers on the Coastal prairie have historically burned gulf cordgrass (Spartina spartinae) (referred to as 'sacahuista'). Apparently, some producers fired gulf cordgrass ranges routinely whereas others used the stands as a source of reserve feed during stress periods, especially during recurring droughts which characterize the vegetation region. The original thrust of our research 1 was directed toward the use of prescribed fire to create a source of cool-season grazing from gulf cordgrass to help alleviate winter forage shortages. Thus, vegetative growth and development and nutritional status of the herbage was studied in response to season of burning. Interpretation and proper use of data from these experiments required that certain aspects of gulf cordgrass ecology be investigated. The objective of this paper is to collate results of our experiments and other investigators into a state-of-the-art review of gulf cordrass ecology, and its response to fire on the Coastal Prairie.'

Scifres, C. J., and D. L. Drawe. 1980. Gulf cordgrass: distribution, ecology and responses to prescribed burning, in CW Hanselka and DL Drawe eds., Prescribed range burning in the coastal prairie and eastern Rio Grande plains of Texas:proceedings of a symposium held Oct. 16, 1980 at Kingsville, Tex. College Station, TX, Texas A & M University, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Contribution/ Texas Agricultural Experiment Station TA - 16277, p. 83-89.