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Key to Plant Identity for Patients with Allergy in the Southwest

This guide is NOT a substitute for expert botanist identification of plant specimens.   Many different plants show superficial similarities.

Grass                                                                                             Table of Allergenic Plants

Herbaceous plant/Weed

Tree/Shrub

Grass
    perennial, goes brown in winter, wiry with long runners on 
                surface and underground rhizomes, 3-5 finger -like
                flowering spikes at end  of flowering stalks ................   Bermuda Grass
   coarse tall perennial 3-7 ft, bright green long leaves,
                 grows in ditches.......................................................   Johnson Grass
   annual bunch grass, slender stems, slightly curved comb-like
                flower spikes on stems ...............................................  Six Weeks Grama
   annual, branching from base, flowering parts containing
                densely crowded spikelets ........................................   Strong-Scented Lovegrass
   perennial, slender 9-13 flowered spikelets ..........................  Lehman Lovegrass
   Perennial, tufted or "bunch" grass appearence, reddish-
               brown or purple inflorescence ...................................  Buffel Grass
   perennial tufted with leaves more narrow than Buffel Grass,
               pale long cylindric inflorescence ...............................   Fountain Grass
   annual,  sharp-pointed flower spikes ...................................   Needle Grama Grass


 

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Content Owner:  Michael J. Schumacher, MB, FRACP, The University of Arizona