Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Common Mediterranean grass

Leaves and dark red inflorescence

Mediterranean grass is an exotic grass of open desert land. It is low and prostrate. The leaves are relatively short. There are multiple minute slightly hairy florets per spikelet. The florets nearly totally enclosed by the translucent and flimsy glumes. The lemma is notched.

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

Close-up of dark red inflorescence
Close-up of floret
Growth habit with low stems and slightly spreading shape

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