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Needle Grama

Bouteloua aristidoides

Photo © Left by Michael Plagens

Photographed in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in 27 Aug 2007. This photo is also hosted at Wikimedia where there are additional images of Grass species.

ANNUAL GRASS: This delicate, warm-season annual grass appears in the Sonoran Desert from late spring into fall and rarely grows taller than 30 cm.

RANGE: Can be found along washes, roadsides and vacant urban lots.

LEAVES: Blades are narrow (< 3 mm) and ca. 7 cm long.

SPIKES: The several florets on each spikelet are narrow and tipped with a awns giving the needle-like appearance.

UNARMED. The awns are not sharp, but may become entangled in socks or an animal's fur as they fall and disperse.

Poaceae -- Grass Family

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