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Form: Bunch grass; species of wild rye
Height: 6 to 18 inches
Seedhead: Dense, bristly spike, 1 to 3 inches long; looks like a bottlebrush or squirrel tail
Seeds: Reproduces from seeds. Seeds readily dispersed by wind
Leaves: Blades rolled or flat, rather narrow
Ecology: Drought tolerant and adapted to a wide range of soils. Most abundant on disturbed sites in either deep or shallow soils. Very effective for wind and water erosion control due to its persistent ground cover. This species can coexist with cheatgrass.
Fire Tolerance: One of the most fire-resistant native bunchgrasses.
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