Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Elymus trachycaulis (Link) Gould ex Shinners
(Slender Wheatgrass)

Family: Poaceae

Status: Native

By var., see Allred

Elymus trachycaulis presents as a spike with a single spikelet at each node. The inflorescence is elongate and the glumes are acute. It is a tuftgrass and awns are short or absent. In our area, this species seems to be a mid- to upper-elevation grass.
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Elymus trachycaulis, photo Russ Kleinman & Kelly Kindscher, Lake Roberts, July 15, 2007

Elymus trachycaulis, detail of spikelet, photo Russ Kleinman & Bill Norris, Pinos Altos Range, Signal Pk. Turnoff, Oct. 24, 2007

Elymus trachycaulis, growth habit, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, Nov. 12, 2007

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