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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Tridens muticus - slim tridens

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae

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  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Cool and Warm
Habitat Description: Dry plains, rocky slopes, grasslands, and woodlands, below 5500 feet.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3000 - 5500 feet

General Description

Desc: Medium sized erect perennial with leaves that narrow gradually to a slender point.
Identification notes: Small perennial bunchrgrass. Blades narrow. Lower sheath hairy. Collar hairy. Ligule membranous and hairy. Auricles membranous. Seedhead contracted, spikelets multi-flowered, not crowded. Lemmas purple, often hairy at the base and sometimes notched.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: 12 to 24 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - contracted  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: Mar - 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: Seedheads narrow, contracted, spikelike, 2 to 8 inches long. Spikelets often have a faint purplish hue. When mature, seeds drop off, leaving a pair of paper-like scales (glumes) that persist through the year.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: Y  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Involute  
Blade Notes: Blades 3 to 6 inches long with a waxy coating, usually rolled inward or loosely infolded, smooth or rough with stout projections, or sparsely soft and hairy, gradually narrowing to a slender apex.
Sheath Hairy: Y  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: Y  Ligules: Membranous and hairy
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): Y
Vegetative Notes: Nodes often have soft short hairs. Sheaths rounded, lower sheaths often with sparse, stiff, straight, flat lying hairs; upper sheaths smooth or roughened with stout projections; ligules membranous and fringed with hairs on the margin. Auricles present.

Forage Value: Slim tridens is palatable and moderately nutritious. It is browsed by all classes of livestock and wildlife.

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