Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tufted perennial grass (Sporobolus wrightii) of the southwest United States, used for pasture and hay in arid regions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tufted perennial grass grown in the southwestern United States and Mexico and used for hay and pasture in dry alkaline areas.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See zacaton.

Etymologies

American Spanish zacat├│n, from zacate, coarse grass, from Nahuatl zacatl, grass, straw.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Vegetation is dominated by black greasewood, spiny hopsage, bud sagebrush, Wyoming big sagebrush, inland saltgrass, alkali sacaton, and basin wildrye.

    Ecoregions of Nevada (EPA)

  • Floodplains have alkaline soils that support greasewood, alkali sacaton, seepweed, and shadscale.

    Ecoregions of Utah (EPA)

  • The arid climate (just 6 inches of precipitation per year) supports desert shrubs and grasses: greasewood, Gardner saltbush, shadscale, alkali sacaton, and saltgrass.

    Ecoregions of Wyoming (EPA)

  • Natural vegetation includes fourwing saltbush and alkali sacaton.

    Ecoregions of New Mexico (EPA)

  • Native grasses included alkali sacaton, galleta grass, poverty threeawn, sand dropseed, and Indian ricegrass.

    Ecoregions of New Mexico (EPA)

  • Vegetation of alkali sacaton, fourwing saltbush, and greasewood is found in the low areas.

    Ecoregions of New Mexico (EPA)

  • Saltbush species, alkali sacaton, sand dropseed, and mixed grama grasses occur.

    Ecoregions of New Mexico (EPA)

  • The typical desert shrubs and grasses, the dominant creosotebush, along with tarbush, fourwing saltbush, acacias, gyp grama, and alkali sacaton, must withstand large seasonal and diurnal ranges in temperature, low available moisture, and a high evapotranspiration rate.

    Ecoregions of New Mexico (EPA)

  • The typical desert shrubs and grasses growing in these environments, such as creosotebush, tarbush, fourwing saltbush, blackbrush, gyp grama, and alkali sacaton, must withstand large diurnal ranges in temperature, low available moisture, and an extremely high evapotranspiration rate.

    Ecoregions of Texas (EPA)

  • Brushy species from adjacent dry uplands occur at the margins, such as honey mesquite, huisache, blackbrush, and lotebush, with some grasses such as multiflowered false rhodesgrass, sacaton, cottontop, and plains bristlegrass.

    Ecoregions of Texas (EPA)

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