Little Barley

Hordeum pusillum

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Little Barley, Hordeum pusillum, image © by Michael Plagens

Covering areas of a flood retention basin in Glendale, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. 3 Apr. 2015.

ANNUAL GRASS: Several stems from shallow root system.

LEAVES: About 3 to 4 mm wide.

STEMS/CULMS: Rarely taller than a 50 cm.

FLOWERS: Spikes are about 7 cm tall and in the Sonoran Desert bloom in mid spring.

RANGE: Distributed through much of North America. In the Sonoran Desert this grass occurs in well watered places, grasslands and near water bodies, not in the dry desert.

Poaceae - Grass Family

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