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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants


Tridens muticus - slim tridens

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae


   
 
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Seedhead
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  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Openings and meadows in pinyon-juniper woodlands and pondrosa pine forests in dry soil.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 5000 - 7500 feet

General Description

Desc: Medium sized erect perennial with distinct seedhead and leaves that narrow gradually to a slender point.
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: 12 to 24 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - contracted  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Mar - Oct



Flower Characteristics

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

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seedheads narrow, contracted, spikelike, 6-20 cm long. Spikelets often have a faint purplish hue.


Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: Y  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Involute  
Blade Notes: Blades 1-4 mm wide, usually rolled inward or loosely infolded, smooth, roughened with stout projections, or sparsely soft and hairy, gradually narrowing to a slender apex.
Sheath Hairy: Y  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: Y  Ligules: Hairy
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): Y
Vegetative Notes: Nodes often with soft, 1-2 mm hairs. Sheaths rounded, lower sheaths often with stiff, straight, hairs lying flat or soft-hairy, upper sheaths smooth or roughened with stout projections; ligules 0.5-1 mm, membranous, fringed with hairs on the margin.

Forage Value: Very good.


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