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Lynx Lake

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Dactylis glomerata - orchardgrass

Other Common Names: cocksfoot
Plant Form: Grass

Family: Poaceae

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Basal leaves
Lynx Lake
Sue Smith
Lynx Lake
Sue Smith
Seedheads - fall
Lynx Lake
Sue Smith
Seedheads - spring
Lynx Lake
Sue Smith
Seedheads - fall
Lynx Lake
Sue Smith
Membranous ligule
Lynx Lake
Sue Smith
  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Introduced    Season: Cool and Warm
Habitat Description: Thrives in moist shaded sites. Found in meadows, orchards, woodland borders, fence rows, pastures, and generally in areas that have undergone disturbance.
Plant Communities:Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 5000 - 7500 feet

General Description

Desc: Tall, tufted bunchgrass, very green with drooping leaves.
Identification Notes: Densely tufted perennial bunchgrass, 8 to 55 inches tall, triangular seedheads on flattened stems; sheaths without hairs; ligules 1/4 inch long; blades elongate, 1/8 to 1/2 inch wide.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: Y  Stolons: N
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: May - Oct
Flower Characteristics

Number of Flowers per Spikelet: Multi-flowered  Spikelets One-sided: Y
Awns: Less than 1/4 inch   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: N
Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seedheads with a few stiff rigid branches; spikelets nearly sessile in dense, 1 sided clusters at the ends of the branches. Seedheads spread only at flowering time. Spikelets 2 to 6 flowered.
Vegetative Charcteristics

Blade Hairy: N    Blade with White Margins: N    Blade Cross section: Flat or folded
Blade Notes: Prominent rough midrib. Young leaf blades are sharply folded but open out flat as they mature. Leaf edges when rubbed toward the base have a sandpaper like feel.
Sheath Hairy: N    Tuft of Hairs at top of Sheath or Collar: N    Ligules: Membranous
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at collar area: N

Forage Value: Good to excellent for livestock and wildlife.

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