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Big Galleta
Scientific Name: Pleuraphis rigida Thurb.
Synonym: Hilaria rigida
Family: Poaceae
Big Galleta (Pleuraphis  rigida)
As Hilaria rigida, Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States. USDA Misc. Publ. No. 200
Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Sonoran Desert, Mojave Desert (AZ, CA, NM, NV, UT), sandy to rocky slopes, flats and washes, at up to 4500 feet elevation (1300 m)

Growth Habits: Perennial clump grass, highly branched at the base, 12 to 40 inches tall (30-100 cm)

Watering Needs: Little water

Propagation: Division, rhizomes, seeds

Blooming Habits:
The Big galleta bears yellowish, inconspicuous flowers when enough water is available.

Fruiting Habits:

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