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Spike Fescue - Leucopoa kingii
Other Names:  Festuca kingii, Hesperochloa kingii, Poa kingii


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
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MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Cool season perennial bunchgrass. Stems 30–50 cm. Leaves: blades 3–7 mm wide, lax to ascending; sheaths with overlapping margins, those of older leaves very persistent; ligule membranous. Inflorescence a spike-like panicle 9–19 cm long, the branches appressed to the main rachis. Spikelets 6–10 mm long; glumes similar in size to lemmas. Lemmas 3 to 7 per spikelet, unawned to slightly awn-tipped. Disarticulation above glumes; unit of dispersal the floret (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Throughout the western half of the U.S. (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 55

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Habitat
On well drained rocky slopes in the mountains, particularly in open dry understory, steppe, or sparsely vegetated slopes (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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