Tufted hairgrass

Deschampsia cespitosa ssp. beringensis

Range: Common from sea level to alpine.  Broad range from arctic to high altitudes in tropics.

Description:  Densely tufted perennial grass with numerous stems, 20-120 cm tall.  Leaves are flat to folded, narrow (to 3mm), stiff; no auricles, ligules prominent, pointed (3-8 mm long).  Open loose panicle, 10-25 cm long, often nodding.  Lemmas, thin, about 4 mm long, hairy at base, awned from near base.

Ecology: Tidal marshes, beaches, meadows, gravelly river bars, rocky ridges, lake shores, rocky areas in bogs.

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Sources:  

  • 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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