Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

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

Aristida purpurea Nuttall
(Purple Threeawn)

Family: Poaceae

Status: Native

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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