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Forage Identification: Tall wheatgrass

Department of Plant Sciences

Tall wheatgrass  (Thinopyrum ponticum (Podp.) Z.-W. Liu & R.-C. Wang.)

Adaptation:
Tall wheatgrass is long-lived perennial bunchgrass that grows 3 to 10 feet tall.

 

Tall wheatgrass

Growth Habitat:
Bunchgrass that is one of the most tolerant to saline or alkali. 12 to 14 inches of precipitation are best.

Plant Characteristics:
The leaves are green to bluish, with flat to curling blades. The blades are often hairy which makes them scratchy to touch.

Seed Characteristics:
K

Important Identifying Characteristics:
The spikelets and the four to ten enclosed seeds grow away from the stem like a sickle. Long, coarse light green basal leaves. Spikelets do not overlap.

Primary Uses:
Pasture.

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