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Pascopyrum smithii   (Rydb. ) A. Löve
[=Agropyron smithii Rydb.]
Cheyenne County, Kansas
Height: 1-3 feet
Family: Poaceae - Grass Family
Flowering Period:   June, July, August, September
Culms: Erect, solitary or in small clusters, hollow, waxy, glabrous.
Blades: Flat or rolled inward, 4 to 10 inches long, to 1/4 inch wide, rigid, bluish green waxy, rough above, prominently veined; tips tapered to sharp points.
Sheaths: Shorter than internodes, open, glabrous or rough; auricles conspicuous.
Ligules: Short, membranous, notched or minutely fringed.
Inflorescences: Spikes, erect, 2-sided, 3 to 8 inches long.
Spikelets: Solitary or sometimes 2 per node, flattened, waxy, 1/2 to 1 inch long, overlapping, 3-12-flowered; glumes unequal; glume and lemma tips pointed, occasionally awned.
Habitat: Moist to dry prairies, waste areas, ditch banks and roadsides, most abundant in fine-textured alkaline soils.
Distribution: Throughout Kansas.
Forage Value: Western wheatgrass is nutritious for livestock and is readily grazed during the early growth stage. It makes good quality, high-protein hay when cut during the late-bloom stage.
Comments: Western wheatgrass is strongly rhizomatous and often forms loose sod. It produces seed in the spring and goes dormant in mid-summer. It sometimes grows again in the fall if soil moisture is adequate

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