Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Foxtail barley
(a.k.a. bobtail barley, squirreltail barley)

Tufty growth habit of several plants, some with reddish brown seedheads and some with greener seedheads

Foxtail barley is a native grass that looks quite a bit like longleaf squirreltail. In foxtail barley, however, spikelets are borne in sets of three. The middle one is sessile, and the two outer spikelets are on pedicels. Foxtail barley propagates by seed and is extremely tolerant of saline soils. It inhabits both dry and wet areas and can be drought tolerant.

Three spikelets and their long awns
Clumping root system
Tufty growth habit with numerous greenish-yellow spikes
Greenish-yellow spikelet with feathery appearance
Fully opened spikes with awns giving them a brushy appearance

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