• Nature of Phytomer Growth in Blue Grama

      Stubbendieck, J.; Burzlaff, D. F. (Society for Range Management, 1971-03-01)
      The pattern and relative growth rates of the individual phytomers of blue grama were determined. A mature blue grama shoot from the site had an average of 13 complete phytomers. The first six phytomers appeared to be initiated in the growing season prior to the one in which the plant reached maturity. Internodal elongation of over 100 mm in a period of two weeks was not uncommon. In most instances the internodes did not elongate before the sheath and blade reached maximum length. The leaf of the last phytomer was initiated just prior to the middle of June. Mature sheath length varied from 15 mm in phytomer 13 to nearly 80 mm in phytomers 11 and 12. Blade length varied from 4 mm in phytomer 2 to 134 mm in phytomer 10.