The Central Texas Native Seed Project (CTNSP) is a research and development project that was formed to provide native seed sources to restore plant communities that have been disturbed in central Texas. This project is part of the Texas Native Seeds Program, a statewide collaborative effort organized by private landowners, the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI)’s South Texas Natives Project, and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). CTNSP collects seeds of native plant populations with the purpose of evaluating, selecting, increasing and developing new commercial seed supplies of locally adapted native plants. The end goal of the project to make commercially sources of native seeds available to consumers that can be used in native plant community restoration efforts in central Texas.
Central Texas Native Seed Project collects seeds of native plant populations with the purpose of evaluating, selecting, increasing and developing new commercial seed supplies of locally adapted native plants.
Evaluations: Central Texas Native Seeds
Current species being developed for use in central Texas include hooded windmillgrass, sand dropseed, slim tridens little bluestem, silver bluestem, meadow dropseed, hairy grama, tall grama, seep muhly, sideoats grama, golden dalea, and Illinois bundleflower.
Evaluation field plot locations are located at the Texas AgriLife Research Center in Stephenville, Texas, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service James E. “Bud” Smith Plant Materials Center in Knox City, Texas and the Sandbrock Ranch in Aubrey, Texas.
- Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)
- Seep muhly (Muhlenbergia reverchonii)
- Hairy grama (Bouteloua hirsute)
- Tall grama (Bouteloua hirsute var. pectinate)
Seed Increase: Stephenville, Texas
- Silver bluestem (Bothriochloa laguroides)
- Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
- Meadow Dropseed (Sporobolus compositus vsr. drummondii )
- Golden dalea (Daleas Aurea)
- Illinois bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis)
Assistant Director – Central Texas