Orchard Grass

Dactylis glomerata

Orchard Grass, Dactylis glomerata, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed in shallow water along Reynolds Canyon, Sierra Ancha, Gila Co., Arizona, USA. 5 June 2011.

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FLOWERS: The spiklets are arranged into triangular tufts along the main stem.
Orchard Grass inflorescence, Dactylis glomerata
LEAVES: The blades are on the order of 30 cm long and 1-½cm wide.

PERENNIAL: A perennial, tufted grass growing in spring and flowering by early summer depending on elevation. May exceed a meter in height.

RANGE: Introduced from Europe and now found growing in moist areas of canyons and ponderosa woods in much of Arizona's montane habitat. Also throughout the USA in suitable habitat.

FRUIT: Small grains.

UNARMED. No spines.

Poaceae -- Grass Family

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