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Seedhead - fall
Rim Country N. of Sedona
Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Eragrostis mexicana - Mexican lovegrass

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae

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

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Sandy soils, often on disturbed ground. Grows along roadsides, near cultivated fields, and in disturbed open areas
Plant Communities: Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 320 - 8500 feet

General Description

Desc: Spreading wiry annual lovegrass.
Grass Type: Annual  Rhizomes: N  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 - open and spreading  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Jul - 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 10-15 cm long, branches short with florets nearly to their base, somewhat dense, grayish-green to green mottled with red or purple. Spikelets are ovate, 8-13 flowers. Glandular pit below the spikelets. No glands on lemmas.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: N  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Flat or involute  
Blade Notes: Broad base that narrows, 3-6 mm wide and 5-10 cm long.
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: Culms tufted, erect to spreading, decumbent at base. Sheaths less than half the length of the internodes, hairy at top and on margins. Ligules 0.2-0.5 mm, fringed with hairs on the margin.

Forage Value: Fair.

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