Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Nolina microcarpa S. Watson
(Beargrass)


Family: Nolinaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
None

Nolina microcarpa grows as a large clump in open areas. The leaf margins of Nolina microcarpa have microscopic serrulations rather than visible prickles. Grazing pressure in an area causes this species to increase in abundance. The leaves are harvested with machetes by artisans to make baskets and other handicrafts.
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Nolina microcarpa, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, June 4, 2005



Nolina microcarpa in bloom, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Burro Mtns., CF Cyn., June 5, 2007



Nolina microcarpa, detail of leaf edge serrulations, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, Oct. 14, 2007



Nolina microcarpa, after harvesting of leaves for as far as the eye can see, photo Russ Kleinman & Roland Shook, Separ Road, December 6, 2009



Nolina microcarpa, closeup of flowers and pollinator, photo Russ Kleinman & Bill Norris, Pinos Altos Range, Acklin Hill, May 24, 2009



Nolina microcarpa, closeup of fruit, photo Russ Kleinman, Silver City Range, Bear Mtn., July 23, 2009



Nolina microcarpa, inflorescence, photo Russ Kleinman, Silver City, October 26, 2009



Nolina microcarpa, field macro of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Silver City, October 26, 2009



Nolina microcarpa, closeup of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Acklin Hill, December 6, 2009



Nolina microcarpa, closeup of cross section of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Acklin Hill, December 6, 2009



Nolina microcarpa, macro of cross section of leaf, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Acklin Hill, December 6, 2009


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