Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Bottlebrush squirreltail
Azéé’iilwo’iindtsaaí

Bushy shape of seedheads, which gives this grass its name. The bristly appearance is due to the awns.

Bottlebrush squirreltail is a, native perennial bunchgrass. The plant grows 8 to 25 inches tall, and occurs primarily on dry, gravelly, or saline soils. It is common on hillsides and alkaline flats.

Considered good forage before seed development and after seed shatter, it receives its name because the seedhead resembles a bottlebrush.

Red-tinged seeds and awns aligned along spike

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