Big Galleta

Common Names:
Big Galleta
Scientific name:
Hilaria rigida
Pleuraphis rigida
Elevation range:
30 to 5480 ft
Flowering Months:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Height | Length:
< 3.5 ft.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran

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Big Galleta in the desert

Hilaria rigida is unusual among grasses in that its stems are solid. Most grasses have hollow stems. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 8, 2008   

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Big Galleta in the desert

Hilaria rigida is an ecologically important clumping grass that prefers open, sandy locations. It aids in stabilizing the soil from wind or water erosion. Anza Borrego Desert State Park |March 2008