Lemmon's Alkaligrass - Puccinellia lemmonii
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Very rare in Montana where it is known only from Beaverhead County on BLM and State Trust Lands. At least one site is actively grazed, though its susceptibility and response to such activity is uncertain.
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Perennial bunchgrass. Stems 15–30 cm. Leaves: blades 1–2 mm wide, mostly inrolled. Inflorescence a pyramidal panicle 3–17 cm long. Spikelets 4–7 mm long. Lemmas 2.5–4 mm long, with an acute tip (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Fruiting in July-August.
Distinguished from other species of Puccinnellia by the thread-like leaves usually 0.5 mm wide, and the lemma length greater than 2.8 mm.
Collected in Beaverhead County; along the western corridor of states within the U.S. (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.
- Lesica, P., P. Husby, and S. V. Cooper. 1998. Noteworthy collections: Montana. Madrono 45:328-330.