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Plant - summer
Chino Valley - near end of Peavine Tr
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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants


Bouteloua curtipendula - sideoats grama

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae


   
 
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Rimrock Verde Valley
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Plant - summer
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
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Leaf blade with hairs
Rimrock Verde Valley
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Seedhead
Willow Lake
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Seedhead - mature
Rimrock Verde Valley
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Seedhead
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
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Seedhead
Rimrock Verde Valley
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  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Dry Rocky slopes, and desert grasslands
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 2500 - 7000 feet

General Description

Desc: Robust wide leaved grass with tall stems with seeds on one side only. Leaves are mostly basal. Purplish cast in spring. Short, scaly rhizomes.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: Y  Stolons: N
Leaf Arrangement: Leaves basal and erect  Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: Greater than 36 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - contracted  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Jul - Sep



Flower Characteristics

Number of Flowers per Spikelet: Multi-flowered  Spikelet Arrangement: One-sided
Awns: Less than 1/4 inch   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: N

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Individual branches turned to one side of seedhead. Fertile lemma awnless, rudiment with 1, 2 or 3 awns. Glumes very unequal and awn-pointed.


Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: Y  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Flat or involute  
Blade Notes: Blades 1-12 inches long 2-6 mm wide margins with scattered hairs originating from nipple like bases.
Sheath Hairy: Y  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: Y  Ligules: Membranous and hairy
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): N
Vegetative Notes: Nodes purple. Sheaths mostly glabrous, sometimes with hairs. Ligules 0.3-0.5 mm, membranous, fringed with hairs on the margin.

Forage Value: Good.


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