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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Hordeum pusillum - little barley

Synonyms: Critesion pusillum, Hordeum pusillum var. pubens, Hordeum pusillum var. pusillum, Hordeum pusillum var. typicum, Hordeum riehlii 

Other Common Names: little wildbarley

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae

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Granite Mtn - Tr 308 Sue Smith
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Granite Mtn - Tr 308 Sue Smith
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Granite Mtn - Tr 308 Sue Smith
  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Cool
Habitat Description: Grasslands and open ground, most abundant in formerly cultivated, disturbed or deteriorated rangelands.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 2000 - 6000 feet

Similar Species: Hordeum murinum

General Description

Desc: A compact, upright annual with blunt spikelets. Awns are shorter than the awns of other Hordeums.
Identification notes: Plant annual, branched at the base; seedheads spike-like; spikelets 3 per node; lateral spikelet glumes awn-like; glumes of central spikelet distinctly dilated above the base and not hairy. H. murinum has hairy margined glumes.
Grass Type: Annual  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: 12 to 24 inches
Seedhead Structure: Unbranched  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Mar - Jun

Flower Characteristics

Number of Flowers per Spikelet: Multi-flowered  Spikelets One-sided: N
Awns: 1/4 inch to 1 inch   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: N

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seedhead balanced and spikelike. Spikelets 3 per node, middle one perfect and sessile, lateral 2 staminate. Both glumes of the central spikelet and the 2nd glume of the lateral spikelets prominently expanded above the base.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: Y  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Flat  
Blade Notes: Blades to 4 inches long, to 1/4 inch wide, sparsely to densely clothed with soft hairs or down on both sides.
Sheath Hairy: Y  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: N  Ligules: Membranous
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): N
Vegetative Notes: Sheaths smooth without hairs or slightly clothed with soft hairs or down; ligules less than 1/16 inch.

Forage Value: Good before going to seed.

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