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Hartwell Canyon, NW of Sedona
Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Eragrostis intermedia - plains lovegrass

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae

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Rim Country N. of Sedona
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Rim Country N. of Sedona
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Rim Country N. of Sedona
  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Dry soil, in open woods.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3000 - 4500 feet

General Description

Desc: Perennial bunchgrass with rising stems curving upward topped with an open and spreading seedhead.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Leaf Arrangement: Leaves basal and drooping  Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: 24 to 36 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - open and spreading  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Jun - Oct

Flower Characteristics

Number of Flowers per Spikelet: Multi-flowered  Spikelet Arrangement: End of branches
Awns: Absent   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: N

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seedhead large, grayish-green to purple, open, pyramidal with slender delicate branches. 8-16 inches long and 6-12 inches wide. The branches are curving upward to spreading. Axils of branches are hairy. Pedicels 4-9 mm long.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: Y  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Flat or involute  
Blade Notes: Leaves narrow , 2-3 mm wide, and 4-10 inches long, drawn out to slender tips, smooth below, top rough and hairy on top.
Sheath Hairy: Y  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: Y  Ligules: Hairy
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): N
Vegetative Notes: Sheaths sparsely soft-hairy on the margins, tops hairy, hairs to 8 mm, not nipple like based, ligules 0.2-0.4 mm.

Forage Value: Good.

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