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Great Basin wild rye (Elymus cinereus) - Some of the shrub-steppe grasses have interesting structure, but others are impressive due to sheer size. Great Basin wild rye, for example, can attain over 6 feet in height. As well as being very tall, it grows in clumps up to 4 feet wide, which makes it difficult to miss. The blades of this grass are very tough, flat, and rough to the touch. The spikelets are very dense, and wheat-like in appearance. It is a perennial grass, growing in mid summer (June - July) in soils where moisture is readily available, such as riparian areas, draws and gullies, or in seasonal seeps and springs.

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