Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Bluestem, little false
Tł’ohdeiłichi’í
(a.k.a. beard grass)

Dark red flowering spikelet growing almost parallel to the stem of the plant

Little bluestem is a medium height grass with coarse stems and basal leaves. Plants are green, but often purplish at base of stem. The entire plant has a reddish cast after frost.

Little bluestem is a dominant understory species occurring in open-canopy pine stands. Seed is generally wind-dispersed only short distances from the parent plant.

Flowers, stalks, and leaf blades
Close-up of flower, which is red, emerging from a greenish-red spikelet

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