Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Dropseed, giant
(a.k.a. giant sacaton)

Botanist standing beside giant dropseed, showing that it is taller than he is!

Giant dropseed is a perennial with a hairy ligule. It grows as high as 6 1/2 feet tall and can easily be taller than the botanist observing it. The panicles are closed and dense.

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

Dry seedhead, leaf sheath, and grassland habitat
Bunching growth habit and grassland habitat
seedling growing on reddish sandy soil
Photo of Dropseed, giant
Whole plant of giant dropseed with mesquite shrubs in background

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