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Smallflower Fescue - Festuca minutiflora

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:

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General Description
Loosely to densely cespitose perennials. Culms 4-30 cm tall, semi-prostrate to mostly erect. Leaf sheaths closed about half their length; collars glabrous; ligules 0.1-0.3 mm; blades mostly less than 0.5 mm in diameter, conduplkcate, lax, lower surface sparsely scabrous to puberulent. Inflorescences 1-4(5) cm long, contracted; branches 1-2 per node, erect, the lower ones with 2 or more spikelets. Spikelets (2.5-)3-5 mm long, florets (1)2-3(5). Glumes exceeded by upper florests; lower glumes 1.4-2.5 mm; upper glumes 2-3.5 mm long; lemmas (2-)2.2-3.5(-4) mm, sparsely scabrous near apex, apex abruptly acuminate, awns 0.5-1.5(-1.7) mm; paleas about equal or slightly shorter than lemmas; anthers (0.4)0.6-1.2 mm; ovary apex usually with a few hairs or rarely glabrous (adapted from: Darbyshire & Pavlick, 2007, in Flora N. America, Vol. 24).

Lavin (2012) includes this species in synonymy of F. ovina.

Species Range

Range Comments
Most common in southern Rockies (CO and NM) and UT but sporadically in AZ, CA, NV, ID, OR, to AK (Kartesz in prep. 2012).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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Relative Density



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

Alpine regions (Flora N. America, Vol. 24).

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