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Hartwell Canyon, NW of Sedona
Max Licher @
Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Eragrostis intermedia - plains lovegrass

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae

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Plant - summer

Hartwell Canyon, NW of Sedona Max Licher @
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Hartwell Canyon, NW of Sedona Max Licher @
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Hartwell Canyon, NW of Sedona Max Licher @
  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Found on sandy and rocky slopes and plains and in canyons.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 3500 - 6800 feet

General Description

Desc: Tufted, erect, topped with open, spreading and diffuse seedheads. Broadly pyramidal seedheads have small multi-flowered spikelets at the end of branches.
Identification notes: Tufted perennial to 3 feet. Ligule a row of dense hairs. Blades flat or involute. Diffuse, broadly pyramid-shaped, reddish seedheads with long, delicate branches and spikelets that are solitary at the end of long branches. Spikelets have 5 to 11 florets.
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 - open and spreading  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Jun - 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 large, grayish-green to purple, open and pyramidal with slender delicate branches. Branches are spreading. Axils of branches are hairy. Compressed spikelets of 5 to 11 florets on short 1/4 to 1/2 inch long secondary branches.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: Y  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Flat or involute  
Blade Notes: Leaves narrow, 1/16 to 1/8 inch wide and 4 to 10 inches long. Surface is smooth below, rough and hairy on top.
Sheath Hairy: Y  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: Y  Ligules: Hairy
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): N
Vegetative Notes: Sheaths sparsely soft-hairy on the margins, apices hairy, hairs to 1/2 inch, not nipple-like based. Ligules a dense row of hairs <1/32 inch long.

Forage Value: Good. This is an important early spring forage grass for livestock and wildlife.

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