Foxtail barley


Foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum) Poaceae family

This is an annual or biennial grass that has pale green to reddish spikes on the inflorescence with numerous bristle-like awns.
Foxtail barley is thought to be native to Alaska, but it is also considered a potentially invasive weed that readily colonizes areas of human disturbance.
The barbed awns around foxtail barley seeds can work their way into the gums and digestive tracts of animals when eaten, causing irritation and inflammation.

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   Alaska Association of Conservation Districts Partners for Fish & Wildlife National Park Service U.S. Forest Service USKH Inc. Department of Transportation and Public Facilities  Northern Region