Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Wooly Indian wheat
Azee’haatł’inii

A dense stand of wooly Indian wheat

Wooly Indian wheat is the only member of this family which is found away from disturbed areas and in the wilderness. It is fuzzy and gray in appearance, as opposed to the bright green appearance of Plantago major and Plantago lanceolata, both of which require considerably more water to survive. Plantago patagonica can achieve the same size as the other two species, but more commonly it is quite a bit smaller.

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

Fuzzy, lance-shaped basal leaves and an inflorescence stalk coming up from the base of the plant
Growth habit showing basal leaves and multiple stalks, each with an tall, spike-shaped inflorescence
Small brown seeds
Two plants whose leaves and inflorescences have dried
Small green plant with wooly flowers

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