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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants


Schizachyrium scoparium - little bluestem

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae


   
 
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Mingus Mtn
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  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Oak and juniper woodlands, pine forests, mountain meadows.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 2000 - 7500 feet

General Description

Desc: Often grows in a columnar bunch. Seedhead is tightly contracted to stem. Has a distinct color when it cures in late summer early fall.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: Y  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 - contracted  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Aug - Oct



Flower Characteristics

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

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seedhead is a single stem with some stalked and some sessile spikelets. Main axis and branches are strongly hairy.


Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: Y  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Flat or folded  
Blade Notes: Blade flat or folded, 3-18 inches long, 2-6 mm wide, smooth or hairy.
Sheath Hairy: N  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: N  Ligules: Membranous and hairy
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): Y
Vegetative Notes: Sheaths rounded or keeled, smooth or covered with fine short soft hairs or down; ligules 0.5-2 mm, collars neither elongate nor narrowed.

Forage Value: Good while immature for all classes of levestock; after mature, fair for cattle and horses,but too coarse for sheep or goats. Seed is eaten by songbirds and upland gamebirds. The plant provides cover for ground birds and small mammals.


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