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Granite Lake Rd
Sue Smith
Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Bothriochloa barbinodis - cane beardgrass

Synonyms: Andropogon barbinodis, Andropogon perforatus, Bothriochloa palmeri

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae

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  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Abundant along graded roadsides and other places where the soil has been exposed. Desert and arid grasslands. In open rangeland it occurs principally in areas of water concentration.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Riparian
Elevation: 3500 - 6800 feet

General Description

Desc: Coarse bunchgrass 2 to 4 feet tall with hairy fuzzy seedhead tuft. When the plant dries it cures to a reddish-brown color.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: 24 to 36 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - fingerlike  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Apr - Oct

Flower Characteristics

Number of Flowers per Spikelet: Multi-flowered  Spikelets One-sided: N
Awns: Greater than 1 inch   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: Y

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seeds are in tufts of silky, silver-white hairs on the end of seed stalks. Seedheads may be partly covered at its base. Awns are delicate and twisted at their base. Glumes are firm and papery.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: N  Blade with White Margin: Y  Blade Cross Section: Flat or folded  
Blade Notes: Blades 8 to 12 inches long, < 1/2 inch wide, not covered with powdery or waxy bloom as a plum or cabbage, smooth with out hairs or sparingly soft-hairy near the throat.
Sheath Hairy: Y  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: N  Ligules: Absent
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): N
Vegetative Notes: A ring of stiff hairs occurs at the nodes. Ligules < 1/8 inch, often irregularly dissected.

Forage Value: Fair, nutrients tend to leach out after the plants are dry.

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