Rabbitfoot Grass

Polypogon monspeliensis

photo of rabbitfoot grass, Polypogon monspeliensis, © by Michael Plagens

Observed in May 2008 along Mesquite Wash, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA.

ANNUAL: A medium-sized annual grass that often grows in dense clumps of individual plants. Most plants are in the range 70 cm tall.

INFLORESCENCE: The broad, fluffy spikes indeed resemble green rabbit's feet. Blooms mid to late spring.

LEAVES: Blades are about ½ cm wide and 10 to 20 cm long.

RANGE: This non-native grass has been distributed widely across North America. In the Sonoran Desert it is restricted to moist soils in riparian habitat.

FRUIT: Numerous small spikelets and each has a long, soft awn.


Poaceae -- Grass Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 25 March 2009,
updated 8 April 2018.