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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Elymus glaucus - blue wildrye

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae

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  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Found in dry to moist soil in canyons, woodlands, and meadows.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 3000 - 8000 feet

Similar Species: Elymus virginicus, Elymus canadensis

General Description

Desc: Plants densely to loosely tufted, sometimes weakly rhizomatous, often bluish-green, erect or slightly decumbent; nodes 4 to 7 mostly exposed, usually not hairy.
Identification notes: Perennial plants 1 to 4-1/2 feet, densely to loosely tufted, stems erect or bent at base, sometimes weakly rhizomatous, often blue-green in color; spikes slender; glumes thin; lemmas with awns up to 1-1/4 inches long, often with purple auricles.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: Y  Stolons: N
Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): Y  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: Greater than 36 inches
Seedhead Structure: Unbranched  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: May - Jul

Flower Characteristics

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

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Spikes 2 to 8 inches long, to 3/4 inch wide, erect to slightly nodding; 2 spikelets per node; spikelets 1/2 to 1 inch, purplish in higher elevation plants, appressed to slightly divergent with 2 to 4 florets; awns 1/16 to 1-1/4 inches, usually straight.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: N  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Involute  
Blade Notes: Blades 1/16 to 1 inch wide, usually lax, sometimes slightly rolled inward, surfaces hairless; rigid straight hairs on the veins. Nodes 4 to 7 mostly exposed, usually with hairs.
Sheath Hairy: Y  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: N  Ligules: Hairy
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): Y
Vegetative Notes: Auricles usually present, to 1/16 inch, often purplish; ligules to 1/16 inch.

Forage Value: Not available.

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