Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Brome, ripgut
Tł’oh da a gighí

Green seedhead with prominent awns

Ripgut brome is easily recognized by the 1 1/ 4-2 3/8 long (3-6 cm) stiff awns carried in an open and drooping panicle. It grows around buildings and in other disturbed areas. It burns easily when dry. When flowering, its seedheads have tiny, rough teeth that can injure livestock.

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

Growth habit: slender stem with seedhead and awns
Drooping panicle with reddish-green seeds and awns
Slightly hairy leaf blade and sheath
Prominence of awns on display

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