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Elymus elymoides (Squirreltail)
Smith, R.W.

Elymus elymoides

Elymus elymoides (Raf.) Swezey

Squirreltail, Bottlebrush Squirreltail, Squirrel-tail

Poaceae (Grass Family)


USDA Symbol: ELEL5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , IL , KS , KY , MO , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , SK

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Elymus elymoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Elymus elymoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Elymus elymoides


Record Modified: 2022-10-10
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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