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Indian ricegrass (Achnatherum hymenoides )Achnatherum hymenoides
Common Names Indian ricegrass
Family Grass
Plant Type Grass
Short Description perennial
Native Yes
Weed No
Jointed Goatgrass (Aegilops cylindrica)
Aegilops cylindrica
Common Names jointed goatgrass
Family Grass
Flower Color Green-yellow
Plant Type Grass
Native No
Weed Noxious
creeping bentgrass(Agrostis stolonifera)Agrostis stolonifera
Common Names creeping bentgrass
Family Grass
Plant Type Grass
Short Description An introduced weed, sometimes used for lawns.
Introduced Yes
Weed Yes
purple threeawn grass (Aristida purpurea)
Aristida purpurea
Common Names purple threeawn grass
Family Grass
Flower Color Purple, Green
Plant Type Grass
Native Yes
Weed No
Cheat grass (Bromus tectorum)Bromus tectorum
Common Names cheat grass, downy brome
Family Grass
Flower Color Green
Plant Type Grass
Introduced Yes
Native No
Weed Yes
Hairy crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis)Digitaria sanguinalis
Common Names hairy crabgrass
Family Grass
Plant Type Grass
Introduced Yes
Native No
Weed Yes
alkali saltgrass (Distichlis stricta )Distichlis stricta
Common Names alkali saltgrass
Family Grass
Plant Type Grass
Short Description
Native Yes
Weed Can be
Barnyard grass (Echinochloa muricata) Echinochloa muricata
Common Names barnyard grass
Family Grass
Flower Color Green
Plant Type Grass
Introduced Yes
Native No
Weed Yes
Great Basin Wild Rye (Elymus cinereus)Elymus cinereus
Common Names great basin wildrye, basin wildrye, giant wildrye
Family Grass
Flower Color Green, mixed
Plant Type Grass
Native Yes
Weed No
Squirreltail (Elymus elymoides)Elymus elymoides
Common Names squirreltail
Family Grass
Plant Type Grass
Native Yes
Weed No
wild barley, mouse barley (Hordeum leporinum)Hordeum leporinum
Common Names hare barley, wild barley, mouse barley
Family Grass
Plant Type Grass
Introduced Yes
Native No
Weed Yes
reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea)Phalaris arundinacea
Common Names reed canarygrass
Plant Type Grass
Weed Yes
annual bluegrass (Poa annua)Poa annua
Common Names annual bluegrass
Family Grass
Flower Color Green
Plant Type Grass
Native No
Weed Yes
bulbous bluegrass (Poa bulbosa)
Poa bulbosa
Common Names bulbous bluegrass
Family Grass
Flower Color Green
Plant Type Grass
Native No
Weed Can be
Rabbitsfoot (Polypogon Monspeliensis)
Polypogon Monspeliensis
Common Names rabbitsfoot
Family Grass
Flower Color Yellowish
Plant Type Grass
Native No
Watershed Malheur
Weed Yes
Common rye (Secale cereale)Secale cereale
Common Names common rye
Family Grass
Plant Type Grass
Introduced Yes
Native No
Weed Yes
Green foxtail (Setaria viridis)Setaria viridis
Common Names green foxtail
Family Grass
Flower Color Green, mixed
Plant Type Grass
Introduced Yes
Native No
Weed Yes
medusahead rye (Taeniatherum caput-medusae)Taeniatherum caput-medusae
Common Names medusahead rye
Family Grass
Flower Color Green-yellow
Plant Type Grass
Introduced Yes
Native No
Weed Noxious

For additional information please send an e-mail request to:
Dr. Clinton C. Shock
Clinton.Shock@oregonstate.edu

Malheur Agricultural Experiment Station
595 Onion Avenue
Ontario, OR 97914
(541) 889-2174
FAX (541) 889-7831

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