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Lava Beds National Monument Grasses

Grasses and small annual flowers grow in areas of varied soil depth. There are over 250 species of plants in the monument. The grass and sedge species are as follows: Giant ryegrass ( Elymus condensatus ), Cheat grass ( Bromus tectorum ), Idaho fescue ( Festuca idahoensis ), Bluebunch wheatgrass ( Agropyron spectatum ), Western needlegrass ( Stipa occidentalis ), Thurber needlegrass ( Stipa thurberiana ), Sanbberg bluegrass ( Poa sandbergii ), Prairie junegrass ( Koeleria cristata ), Bottlebrush squirreltail ( Sitanion Hystrix ), and Ross sedge ( Carex rosii ).

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