Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Needlegrass, Scribner

Close-up photograph of Scribner needlegrass seedheads

Scribner needlegrass grows in dense mats or tufts, often on rocky slopes among conifers. The stalks can grow to three feet tall. It gets its name from the needle-like awns that protrude from its seeds. These awns can be ½ to 1 inch long and are slightly fuzzy.

Scribner needlegrass occurs on parts of the Navajo Nation but is not widespread.

Herbarium image of grass stem and seedhead
Line drawing of seedhead showing the arrow-like shape of its component parts.
Herbarium specimen of a bunchgrass, leafy foliage

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