Spike Fescue - Leucopoa kingii
Festuca kingii, Hesperochloa kingii, Poa kingii
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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)
Throughout the western half of the U.S. (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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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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- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
- Quire, R.L. 2013. The sagebrush steppe of Montana and southeastern Idaho shows evidence of high native plant diversity, stability, and resistance to the detrimental effects of nonnative plant species. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 124 p.
- Stewart, S.T. 1975. Ecology of the West Rosebud and Stillwater bighorn sheep herds, Beartooth Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 130 p.