Smallflower Fescue - Festuca minutiflora
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.
Most common in southern Rockies (CO and NM) and UT but sporadically in AZ, CA, NV, ID, OR, to AK (Kartesz in prep. 2012).
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Alpine regions (Flora N. America, Vol. 24).
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- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.