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Rim Country N. of Sedona - Max Licher @, Usage Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Eragrostis mexicana - Mexican lovegrass

Synonyms: Eragrostis cordobensis, Eragrostis leptantha, Eragrostis limbata, Eragrostis pauciflora, Eragrostis purshii, Eragrostis rahmeri
Plant Form: Grass

Family: Poaceae

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Rim Country N. of Sedona
Max Licher @, Usage Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)
  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Found on sandy soils, along roadsides, near cultivated fields and other disturbed areas.
Plant Communities:Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 300 - 8500 feet

General Description

Desc: Tufted annual, stems erect or spreading, branching at the bases. Seedhead gray-green to purplish, branched, with oval spikelets on short stems.
Identification Notes: Tufted annual, stems erect or trailing from the base. Sheaths hairy at tips and collars; ligule a dense row of hairs. Blades flat or involute. Seedhead spreading, not drooping. Spikelets compressed, egg shaped and gray-green to purplish, 5 to 15 florets.
Grass Type: Annual  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: 24 to 36 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - open and spreading  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Jul - Oct
Flower Characteristics

Number of Flowers per Spikelet: Multi-flowered  Spikelets One-sided: N
Awns: Absent   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: N
Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seedhead 4 to 16 inches, primary branches 1 to 5 inches, somewhat densely flowered, grayish-green to green mottled with red or purple. Spikelets ovate; 5 to 15 florets. Glandular pits below the spikelets. No glands on lemmas.
Vegetative Charcteristics

Blade Hairy: Y    Blade with White Margins: N    Blade Cross section: Flat or involute
Blade Notes: Leaves are broad at bases, tapering at the tips. Blades are 1/8 to 1/4 inch wide and 2 to 4 inches long. Leaves are smooth but may be sparsely hairy at the bases.
Sheath Hairy: Y    Tuft of Hairs at top of Sheath or Collar: Y    Ligules: Hairy
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at collar area: N

Forage Value: Fair.

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