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Rimrock Verde Valley
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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants


Hilaria belangeri - curly-mesquite

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae


   
 
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Blades w/hairs
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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Node with hairs
Rimrock Verde Valley
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  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Rocky slopes, dry hillsides and sandy plains.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3000 - 6000 feet

General Description

Desc: A small, fine-leaved sodgrass up to 1 foot tall, stolons root at nodes. Light green, when fresh, whitish when dry.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: Y
Leaf Arrangement: Leaves basal and erect  Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: Less than 12 inches
Seedhead Structure: Unbranched  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Mar - Oct



Flower Characteristics

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

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Spikelike, borne at the end of slender stalks rarely over 8 inches long. Seedheads consist of groups of chaffy spikelet clusters that fall at maturity, leaving a zigzag stalk. Mid-nerves of the glumes extend into awns.


Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: Y  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Flat  
Blade Notes: Flat, very fine, 3-5 inches long 1-3 mm wide, becoming tightly curled as they cure, above surfaces sparsely soft-hairy, hairs nipple-like based, margins sparsely soft-hairy basally, with similar hairs.
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: Stolons are round in cross-section. Hairy nodes. Sheaths marked with slender, longitudinal grooves or lines, appearing striped, smooth without hairs; ligules 1-3 mm, often torn or irregularly cleft.

Forage Value: Fair.


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