Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands
(a.k.a. Schrader's brome)
Sandbur is an annual grass with a spreading rather than upright growth habit. It often grows in areas that are seasonally flooded. The barbed spines on the burs can inflict a painful wound and are easily picked up and transported by clothing, hair, animal fur, and tires. The spikelets are hidden within the armed burs.
*Description courtesy of Western New Mexico University's Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness.
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