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

Vulpia octoflora - sixweeks fescue

Synonyms: Diarrhena setacea, Festuca octoflora, Festuca parviflora, Festuca setacea

Other Common Names: pullout grass, sixweeks grass

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
  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Cool and Warm
Habitat Description: Sandy or rocky soils in open sites. Grasslands, sagebrush, open woodland and disturbed areas.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 2000 - 5600 feet

General Description

Desc: Slender, decumbent to erect annual with a few ascending or rarely spreading branches. Seedheads are solitary or in small tufts. Stem nodes are swollen and/or brittle. Fibrous root system. Often less than 12 inches tall.
Identification notes: Annual; spikelets mostly 5-flowered; awns less than 1/2 inch long, 2 to 12 inches tall.
Grass Type: Annual  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): Y  Bushy (highly branched): Y
Height with Seedheads: 12 to 24 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - contracted  Seedhead Droops: N
Flowering Period: May - Jul

Flower Characteristics

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

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Compressed spikelets have 6 or more flowers.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: Y  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Flat or involute  
Blade Notes: Short, linear leaves are flat or involute and have parallel venation.
Sheath Hairy: N  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: N  Ligules: Membranous
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): N
Vegetative Notes: Leaf sheath mostly open, or loose, leaf sheath smooth, not hairy.

Forage Value: Supplies browse for six weeks after a rain before it dries.

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