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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants


Dactylis glomerata - orchardgrass

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae


   
 
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Basal leaves
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Seedheads - fall
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Seedheads - fall
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Spikelets
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Seedheads - spring
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Membranous ligule
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  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Introduced    Season: Cool
Habitat Description: Open woodlands and forests. Thrives in moist shaded sites.
Plant Communities: Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian
Elevation: 5000 - 7500 feet

General Description

Desc: Tall very green grass with drooping leaves.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: Y  Stolons: N
Leaf Arrangement: Leaves basal and drooping  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: May - Oct



Flower Characteristics

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

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seedheads with a few stiff, rigid branches, spikelets nearly sessile in dense, 1 sided tufts at the ends of the branches. Seedheads spread only at flowering time. Spikelets 2-6 flowered.


Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: N  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Flat or folded  
Blade Notes: Prominent rough midrib. Young leaf blades are sharply folded but open out flat as they mature. Leaf edges when rubbed toward the base have a sandpaper like feel.
Sheath Hairy: N  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: N  Ligules: Membranous
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): N
Vegetative Notes: Sheaths longer than the internodes, smooth without hairs, usually keeled; ligules 3–11 mm, as though abruptly "chopped off" to gradually tapering to a sharp point.

Forage Value: Good to excellent for livestock and wildlife.


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