Sprangletop - Scolochloa festucacea
State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Scolochloa festucacea occurs through most of Canada and in portions of mid-western and western States. In Montana it is known from 3 locations collected from 1949 to 1999 in Flathead County. A fourth location from a specimen with a poorly defined location in Carbon county needs to be verified. Surveys to find this species have been unsuccessful.
- Details on Status Ranking and Review
ScoreB - 100-250 sq km (~40-100 sq mi)
Area of Occupancy
ScoreC - 3-5 4-km2 grid cells
Number of Populations
ScoreB - 6 - 20
Number of Occurrences or Percent Area with Good Viability / Ecological Integrity
ScoreA - No occurrences with excellent or good (A or B) viability or ecological integrity
ScoreB - Narrow. Specialist or community with key requirements common
Cool season, perennial, rhizomatous, aquatic. Stems 1–2 m. Leaves: blades 5–11 mm wide, flat and ascending; ligule membranous, 4–8 mm long; sheaths with overlapping margins. Inflorescence an open panicle 15–26 cm long. Spikelets 7–11 mm long, with 5 to 9 florets; glumes similar to lemmas. Lemmas 4–9 mm long, each with a distinctly hairy callus, usually keeled and distinctly parallel veined, unawned but with an acute tip; palea enclosed in floret. Disarticulation above glumes; unit of dispersal is the floret (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Collected in Flathead County; throughout the northwest region of North America (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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- Literature Cited AboveLegend: View Online Publication
- Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 2007. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Volume 24. Magnoliophyta: Commelinidae, Part 1. Oxford University Press, Inc., NY. xxxiii + 911 pp.
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
- Sturm, J. and J.G. Sturm. 1796. Deutschlands Flora in Abbildungen (nur Tafeln). Stuttgart, Germany. 882 pp.
- Additional ReferencesLegend: View Online Publication
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- Britton, N. L. and A. B. Brown. 1913. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada, and the British Possessions. 2nd Edition in 3 Volumes. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons. B13BRI01PAUS.
- Smith, A. L. 1973. Life cycle of the marsh grass Scolochloa festucacea. Canadian Journal of Botany 51:1661-1668.