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Hordeum depressum

Hordeum depressum (Scribn. & J.G. Sm.) Rydb.

Alkali Barley, Dwarf Barley, Low Barley

Poaceae (Grass family)

Synonym(s): Critesion depressum

USDA Symbol: HODE2

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: CA , ID , OR , SC , WA
Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Vernal pools and ephemeral habitats, often in alkaline soil.

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 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 32 - Grasses of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico - North America north of Mexico (all countries, provinces, states, territories) (2019) Open Herbarium (
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 0000-00-00
Research By: CBR

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