Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Wheatgrass, western
(a.k.a. Agropyron smithii)

Growth habit with long, linear stems and seedheads that bend very slightly

Western wheatgrass is a long-lived species that has coarse blue-green leaves with prominent veins. It is a sod former with very strong, spreading rhizomes. Stems arise singly or in clusters of a few, and reach heights of 1 to 3 feet.

Western wheatgrass provides early spring forage and is palatable to all livestock

A dry seed spike
Leaf sheath with distinct striations
Close-up of inflorescence

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