Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Wildrye, Canadian
(a.k.a. Nodding wild rye)

Seedhead with prominent awns

Canadian wildrye is a tall perennial grass with a drooping inflorescence. It grows in moist forested areas. Glumes are well-developed and the lemmas have awns. The rachis does not break apart when mature.

*Description courtesy of Western New Mexico University's Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness.

Slightly fuzzy spikelet next to a ruler for scale
Growth habit with drooping inflorescences

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