Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Grass (Poaceae) Family.
Duration: Perennial. Nativity: Non-Native. Lifeform: Graminoid. General: Introduced perennial bunchgrass 20-140 cm tall, with tufted, triangular panicles and a flattened stem base. Ecology: Found in meadows, orchards, woodland borders, fence rows, pastures, and generally in areas that have undergone disturbance at 5000-8000 ft (1500-2400 m); flowers April-July. Distribution: Found throughout the United States. Notes: Native to Eurasia and Africa, was introduced as a source of hay and forage grass. Provides nutritious forage for livestock, deer, and geese. Grows early in the Spring and grows well during cool summer months due to its deep (often 2 ft. long) roots. Etymology: Dactylis is from the Latin Dactylis for a grape or grass, and Greek daktylos for finger, referring to the inflorescense resembling a finger, while glomerata means clustered.
Santa Catalina Mountains
Location: Just before wooden bridge crossing creek.
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