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Rimrock Verde Valley
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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants


Hesperostipa neomexicana - New Mexico feathergrass

Synonyms: Stipa neomexicana

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae


   
 
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Plant - summer
Rimrock Verde Valley
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Rimrock Verde Valley
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Rimrock Verde Valley
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Rimrock Verde Valley
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  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Cool
Habitat Description: Dry, sandy or rocky slopes and plains.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3500 - 6500 feet

General Description

Desc: Tightly bunched grass, straight upward leaves, often with old leaves intertwined with new growth. Unmistakable when seeds mature.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Leaf Arrangement: Leaves basal and erect  Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: 24 to 36 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - contracted  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: May - Jun



Flower Characteristics

Number of Flowers per Spikelet: One-flowered  Spikelet Arrangement: End of branches
Awns: Greater than 1 inch   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: Y

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seedhead 1-4 inches long, often partly included in the sheath. Glumes about equal. Lower end of floret hardened (callus) and hairy. Lemma hairy and awned from their tips, terminal segment of awns with feathery hairs.


Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: N  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Involute  
Blade Notes: Blades 4-12 inches long, 1-3 mm wide, usually tightly involute.
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: Lower sheaths smooth without hairs or clothed with soft hairs or down, not fringed with hairs on the margin. Ligules of lower leaves 0.5–1 mm, thickly membranous, rounded; ligules of upper leaves to 3 mm, thin, dry, membranous, not green, pointed.

Forage Value: Fair to good. extensively utilized by wildlife in spring. Cures well to provide fall and winter forage for livestock.


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