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eyelash grass, Blepharidachne kingii

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eyelash grass, Blepharidachne kingii, Nevada, Reveille Range, Hot Creek Valley drainage, elevation 1575 m (5170 ft).More of my favorite grass, this one from farther east near the middle of its range, and even better watered. This hardy Great Basin endemic forms dense tufts just a few centimeters high. The species extends northeastward from the White Mountains of eastern California across central Nevada to the northwest edge of Utah. Like many of its desert companions, it tends to remain dormant in dry years, waiting until years like this one to flower again.Those pointy leaf tips become a pretty effective defense mechanism as the plants dry out!

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