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Publications: Noxious Weeds
in Slow Motion: A
talk by Jerry Asher about noxious weeds in the Blue Mountains
Click on a weed to learn about how to find it and kill it!
- Leaves: Leaf blades rolled, 1/16th-inch wide, usually
bearing stiff hairs (sometimes without). Leaves stalked, upper
reduced and sessile.
- Ligules: Very short
- Auricles: Present but inconspicuous
- Spikelets: In a densely crowded bristly spike, two per
- Bristles: 1 to 4 inches long borne on the lemas, the
glumes tapering to a slender awn
Medusahead is an annual grass that can grow 6 to 24 inches tall.
Stockmen report animals will not eat it at any stage in development.
It can completely cover rangelands, rendering them unusable to livestock.
- Chemical: Herbicides applied in spring will reduce medusahead.
Consult you local weed board for information.
- Mechanical: A low, hot burn right before the seeds drop
will reduce medusahead. Disking and plowing can also reduce seeding.
Report all sightings to your local