Search Field Guide
Advanced Search
Montana Field Guide

Montana Field Guides

Saltgrass - Distichlis spicata
Other Names:  Distichlis stricta


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
USFWS:
USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

External Links






 
General Description
Warm season, strongly rhizomatous perennial. Stems 10–40 cm. Leaves: blades 2–5 mm wide, flat and ascending, distichously arranged, stiff and pungent-tipped. Inflorescence a contracted panicle or raceme, the staminate inflorescence well exerted above leaves and the pistillate inflorescence 1–6 cm long and typically clustered among leaves, the two types of spikelets superficially similar, although the staminate averaging more florets than the pistillate. Spikelets 10–17 mm long, with 5 to 16 florets; glumes faintly veined. Lemmas: 4–6 mm long, many-veined, awnless, thin-textured in the staminate spikelet (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Throughout much of N. America (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 45

(Click on the following maps and charts to see full sized version) Map Help and Descriptions
Relative Density

Recency

 

(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)



Habitat
Alkali flats and less commonly in shrub steppe at lower elevations (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

References
Login Logout
Citation for data on this website:
Saltgrass — Distichlis spicata.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from