Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

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

(Beargrass Family)

The Nolinaceae or Beargrass Family is represented by two genera in the Gila: Dasilyrion and Nolina. They are perennials with tall, scape-like inflorescences. They are not grasses at all as the common name for the family would suggest. The leaves are linear and long, with those of Dasilyrion edged with upward facing teeth. Nolina leaves have microscopically serrulate edges that can cut skin.

Dasylirion wheeleri (Sotol)
Nolina microcarpa (Beargrass)

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