Comb-like flower heads, usually two, remain on leafless flower stalks throughout winter. Short-grass ranges that are grazed moderately are highly productive. The WFGNA group has good tagging requirements for their excellent photos, so you'll find, in addtion to the photo, the state in which the photo was taken, and at least a common name and the scientific name as identified by the contributor. Loose, spreading growth habit. Blue grama is highly palatable to all livestock. Bright green when growing, orange-brown when cured. Three species occur in New Mexico: lens-podded hoary cress (C. chalapensis), heart-podded hoary cress (C. draba), and globe-podded hoary cress (C. pubescens); heart-podded is most common. Throughout the southern desert and common on sandy and shallow sites of most other areas below 7,000 feet. Forage Value and Management Forage Value and Management During the summer, galleta affords moderately good forage for cattle and horses, and moderate forage for sheep. Sta. long, 0.04-0.08 in. Poisonous plants can be some of the few green plants growing early in the year and thereby attract livestock while the warm-season grasses are still mostly dormant. The spikes are narrow and persistent. The 85 discussed here are most important to the livestock industry. Benth.) Found on bottomland sites in the central plains, high plains, and western plateau. Because of its curing quality, hairy grama is well suited for fall, winter, and spring grazing. Most common in the northwest part of the state, especially on bottomland soils. Colors may vary in the field. Occurrence USDA Forest Service. They are often grubbed out to reduce heavy infestations, which decrease grass production. long) 5-6 whorled, pinnate-divided with 10-15 pairs of opposite or alternate lobes (up to 0.3 in. wide), Flowers: Flower heads (0.5-1.5 in. Good for bank cover and naturalizing. The leaves of oak brush provide valuable forage for sheep and goats. Care should be taken to avoid overuse if the grass is important on a range. Usually 2 to 10 but sometimes 50 feet tall. Coarse, erect, wiry-stemmed. Coarse, tough, long-lived. Eurasian watermilfoil / Myriophyllum spicatum / A Jamshid Ashigh, James Wanstall and Frank Sholedice Leaves narrow and basal, curly with maturity. 2007. 352 pp. Interesting winter form. down stem, Flowers: Tufted, bristly panicles (3-12 in. Full sun to part shade. The grass provides the best grazing in the summer since it is coarse at maturity. Also called snakeweed, broomweed, and turpentine-weed. It grows earlier in the spring and later in the fall than blue grama. Some botanists place these plants in the genus Lepidium with the same species names (L. chalapensis, L. draba, L. pubescens). Leaves dark green, persistent, generally deeply lobed. If alkali sacaton is fully grazed in scattered stands, however, the other perennial grasses with which it grows will be overgrazed because they are more palatable. Description long) grow in clusters at branch ends, have four yellow to white petals, and are fragrant, Roots: Extensive root system with a root crown and creeping perennial roots, Reproduction: From root crown, creeping perennial roots, or seed; most reproduction and spread occurs through seeds and creeping perennial roots. (NMFWRI), New Mexico Highlands University Deep violet blooms late summer and fall. Most common in the northwestern portion of the state. Some are quite blue while others may be bright green. Moist open sites in meadows and ponderosa pine forests within mountain areas above 7,000 feet. Green, curing to tan. Woody base. Needs full sun and good drainage to thrive. Occurrence Federal noxious weed disseminules of the U.S., Drymaria arenarioides Humb. Seedheads open with spreading branches. 1974. New Mexico Trees & Wildflowers: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Plants (Wildlife and Nature Identification) (9781583555149): Kavanagh, James, Waterford Press, Leung, Raymond: Books