Dwarf alkali grass

Puccinellia pumila

Range: Frequent in coastal BC; N to AK and S to CA

Description: Perennial, tufted grass from fibrous roots; stems 10-20 cm tall. Leaf blades flat to in-rolled, 1-2.5 mm wide; ligules rounded, usually sparsely short-hairy or rough externally, 0.8-2 mm long.  Narrow panicle inflorescence, (3) 5-10 cm long, the branches few, smooth, nearly erect (rarely deflexed); spikelets 4 to 5- (6-) flowered; lower glumes about 1.5-2 mm long, the upper ones mostly 2.5 (3) mm long; long, smooth-margined lemmas.

Ecology: Coastal beaches and marshes


  • Eflora
  • Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon.  1994.  Plants of coastal British Columbia: including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver. 528 p.

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