Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Hordeum brachyantherum Nevskii
- Family: Grass (Gramineae)
- Flowering: June-August
- Field Marks: This is the only perennial species of Hordeum that has awns of the lemmas usually not more than 1/2 inch long.
- Habitat: Wet meadows, along streams, in disturbed areas.
- Habit: Tufted perennial with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Upright or spreading, hollow, up to 2 feet tall, smooth or sparsely hairy.
- Leaves: Elongated, flat, up to 1/3 inch wide, usually hairy and rough to the touch.
- Flowers: Borne in clusters of 3 spikelets, with many clusters forming a spike up to 3 inches long; glumes awn-like up to 1 inch long; lemmas with an awn not more than 1/2 inch long.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Grains: Oblongoid, hairy at the tip.
- Notes: This is good forage grass for domestic livestock, particularly in the higher ranges.
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