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Deer Grass

Muhlenbergia rigens


Photo © by Mike Plagens

This photo was taken along Mesquite Wash, Four Peaks foothills, eastern Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. May 2009.

PERENNIAL: May become partially dormant after severe frost or drought, but remains alive with new growth from crown when conditions improve. Clumps are typically a meter or more tall and wide.

LEAVES: Long blades are about a half cm wide and flat.

RANGE: Common in sandy washes near/in mountains in the Sonoran Desert: requires a pretty good underground water source. Being pushed out by exotic invasives: Buffel Grass, Fountain Grass and Tamarisk.

FLOWERS: Long, narrow spikes reach up 2 meters and flower late spring to early fall.


Poaceae -- Grass Family

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