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Bouteloua curtipendula

Bouteloua curtipendula image scan © by Michael Plagens

Observed near Camp Creek, Maricopa Co., Arizona. August 3, 2008. A higher resolution image has been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

FLOWERS: Tall spikes have two rows of many spikelets disposed along one side. Blooms mid to late summer after summer rains have started. Occasionally blooms late spring.

PERENNIAL: Long-lived, perennial grass. Plants can approach a meter in height.

LEAVES: Narrow leaves are less than ½ cm wide.

RANGE: Fairly common in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico at roadsides and on rocky slopes/bajadas; more likely in the upper elevations. Obscure until after summer rains when vigorous growth and flowering begins. Widespread across North America and also increasingly used in decorative xeriscape landscaping.


Poaceae -- Grass Family

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