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Willow Lake Road
Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Chloris virgata - feather fingergrass

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae

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Willow Lake Road
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Willow Lake Road
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Willow Lake Road
  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Introduced    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Roadsides and wastelands, swales and desert washes.
Plant Communities: Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: Below 5500 feet

General Description

Desc: A weedy, annual bunchgrass with weak, spreading stems and a shallow root system, usually decumbent (growing along the ground). Grows 24-48 inches in height. Distinct finger like branched seedhead.
Grass Type: Annual  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Leaf Arrangement: Leaves along stems  Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: Greater than 36 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - fingerlike  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Jul - Sep

Flower Characteristics

Number of Flowers per Spikelet: Multi-flowered  Spikelet Arrangement: All around branches
Awns: 1/4 inch to 1 inch   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: N

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Several slender feathery branches 1 to 3 inches long, radiating fingerlike from the end of a slender, erect stem. Silky, white or pinkish cast due to numerous long awns and hairy lemmas.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: Y  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Flat or folded  
Blade Notes: Blades 2 1/2-10 inches long 2-8 mm wide, densely covered with short hairs or with a few long hairs.
Sheath Hairy: N  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: N  Ligules: Membranous and hairy
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): N
Vegetative Notes: Sheaths usually smooth without hairs; ligules to 4 mm, irregularly notched at the apex, appearing gnawed or eroded or fringed with hairs on the margin.

Forage Value: Poor.

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