California Oatgrass - Danthonia californica
Stems 30–100 cm. Leaves: blades 2–4 mm wide; sheaths and collar hairless to hairy; ligule 1–1.5 mm long. Inflorescence a raceme 3–6 cm long, with usually 2 to 4 spikelets. Spikelets 15–25 mm long, with 5 to 7 florets. Lemmas not tightly enfolded by the glumes, 7–10 mm long, hairless except along margins, with awns 8–11 mm long (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
Throughout most of western North America (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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Sporadic but locally common in open dry meadows, shrub steppe, and open understory (Lavin in Lesica et al. 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.
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- Quire, R.L. 2013. The sagebrush steppe of Montana and southeastern Idaho shows evidence of high native plant diversity, stability, and resistance to the detrimental effects of nonnative plant species. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 124 p.
- Stoecker, R.E. 1967. A population study of five species of small rodents in the Bridger Mountains of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 32 p.