Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Aristida purpurea Nuttall
By var., see Allred
Aristida purpurea has three long developed awns, sometimes
over 8 cm long. The panicle droops under the weight of the spikelets.
The awns give the spikelets a purple appearance when mature.
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Aristida purpurea, photo Russ Kleinman, Silver City, May 19, 2007
Aristida purpurea, detail of spikelet showing dimorphic glumes, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, Oct. 14, 2007
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