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Alaskan Oniongrass - Melica subulata

Status Under Review

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SU

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:

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General Description
Bunchgrass Stems 60–120 cm tall, loosely bunched or in patches, most stems from a corm base. Leaves: blades 2–10 mm wide, ligules 1–4 mm long. Inflorescence a narrow panicle or raceme 10–25 cm long, with few branches. Spikelets 10–20 mm long. Lemmas: 4 to 8 per spikelet, mostly awn-tipped (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
AK to CA, east to WY.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 63

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Alaskan Oniongrass — Melica subulata.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from