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Common Canary Grass - Phalaris canariensis

Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
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BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Annual bunchgrass. Stems 30–80 cm. Inflorescence a dense ovoid panicle 2–5 cm long, 1.5–2 cm wide. Spikelets 7–9 mm long. Lemmas with one lightly hairy seed-bearing floret subtended by two hairless sterile florets or scales (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Introduced throughout much of North America (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Habitat
An ephemeral that sporadically germinates from seed that falls from bird feeders and such, sometimes in lawns (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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