Banff Bluegrass - Poa laxa ssp. banffiana
Banff Bluegrass is a small, tuft-forming perennial with flowering stems that stand 8-25 cm tall and grow intermingled with shorter vegetative shoots. The leaves are 1-3 mm wide and have flat or folded blades and tips shaped like the prow of a boat. Spikelets are borne in a narrow, somewhat loose, compoundly branched inflorescence which is 2.5-8 cm long. The spikelets are strongly compressed, and each consists of 2 glumes which enclose 2-5 florets. The second glume is about the same length as or slightly longer than the lemma of the lowest floret, which is 3-4.6 mm long. The lemmas are distinctly hairy on the keel and lateral veins but lack cobwebby hairs at the base.
N. Rocky Mtns. Alta., Sask., and MT.
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North-facing mudstone slopes in the alpine zone.
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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.
- Soreng, R.J. 1991. Notes on new infraspecific taxa and hybrids in North American Poa (Poaceae). Phytologia 71(5):390-413.