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Lehmann's Lovegrass

Eragrostis lehmanniana

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Eragrostis lehmanniana image © by Michael Plagens

Image made using a flat-bed scanner from specimen found north of Carefree, Maricopa Co., Arizona. August 2011.

PERENNIAL GRASS: Relatively tall grass growing in clumps especially at roadsides.

LEAVES: Narrow blades about 10 cm long.

STEMS/CULMS: Stems may be fallen (naturally bent) over or upright to above a meter tall.

FLOWERS: Numerous small spikelets with a half dozen minute florets each in open panicles. Most blooming occurs with the summer rains.

RANGE: Another grass, native to Africa that has been introduced for cattle pasture and range management. Spread from California to Texas. More frequent at the higher elevations of the Sonoran Desert and in adjoining habitats.

Poaceae -- Grass Family

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