Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Ravenna grass
(a.k.a. elephant grass)

Growth habit showing tall stature of plants among other species

Ravenna grass is an introduced species that has become invasive in many parts of the United States, particularly disturbed and moist habitats. Stalks grow in clumps with heights of 6-13 feet with wide, serrated leaf blades. The flowers occur in a showy plume.

Bunchy growth habit and tall stalks topped with plumed inflorescences
Bunchy growth habit
A branched, white inflorescence (panicle) with fuzzy texture

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