U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae)
Description: Aggressive winter annual 1/2 to 2 feet. Leaf blades generally 1/8 inch wide or less, rolled. Inflorescence long-awned spike nearly as wide as long. Mature awns or beards twisted, 1 to 4 inches long, stiff, finely barbed. Sometimes confused with foxtail or squirreltail, however spike head does not break apart as seeds mature. Individual awn-florets fall away, leaving a bristly head of awn-like glumes that will persist over winter.
Distribution: Medusahead is found scattered throughout most of northeastern California's rangelands.