Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Nutsedge, yellow
(a.k.a. chufa)

Brown spikelets with leaves radiating outward beneath them

Yellow nutsedge is a native plant found across most of North America. Stems are triangular, growing to two feet in height. Leaves are grasslike and glossy. Yellow-brown flowers occur in a terminal cluster. The tubers (nuts) that give the nutsedge its name can remain in the soil even when the plants are pulled up or eaten by livestock. It can grow thickly, particularly in disturbed wetland areas, and is considered invasive.

Nutsedge is not a true grass, but grows in a grasslike form.

Detail of a spikelet showing floret
Prominent seedheads
Growth habit showing how densely the nutsedge can grow
Stalk with inflorescence and leaves
Growth habit showing how densely the nutsedge can grow

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