Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Fescue, Arizona
Tsinyaatł’ohyilzólí

Delicately branched panicles

Arizona fescue is a native, long-lived perennial bunchgrass. The plant has no rhizomes. Culms (stems) are 1 to 3 feet tall. They are clustered, pale blue-green, and rough to the touch. Leaf blades are mostly basal, pale blue-green, 6 to 10 inches long, shaped like a string, and rough to the touch. The inflorescence is a panicle about 3 to 8 inches long. It has a deep, dense fibrous root system.

Close-up of florets, showing the purplish glumes (protective scales)
Stem and seedhead structure
Florets with chaff

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