(Foxtail Barley)

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Hordeum jubatum, Silver Shekel, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 9094

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Hordeum jubatum, Silver Shekel, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 9079

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Hordeum jubatum, Silver Shekel, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 9086

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Hordeum jubatum, Silver Shekel, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 9097

Scientific Name Hordeum jubatum USDA PLANTS Symbol HOJU
Common Name Foxtail Barley ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 40871
Family Poaceae (Grass) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (3800 to 10800 ft.); roadsides and disturbed areas, grasslands and meadows, around riverbeds and seasonal lakes, often in saline soils.
Plant: Perennial or annual, 8 to 32 inches tall; culms straight or sharply bent.
Foliage: Sheaths smooth or pubescent; blades up to 0.2 inches wide and 6 inches long, rough and sometimes hairy surfaces.
Inflorescence: Dense spike, usually nodding or weak and curving, 1-1/4 to 6 inches long, light green to light purplish, conspicuously bristly with long, slender spreading awns.
Bloom period: June to August.
Reference: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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