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Montana Wheatgrass - Elymus albicans
Other Names:  Agropyron albicans, Agropyron griffithsii, Elymus x albicans

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR
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General Description
Rhizomatous, sometimes bunched. Stems often glaucous, 35–80 cm. Leaves: blades 2–4 mm wide, often stiff and inrolled; sheaths and collar often hairy. Inflorescence 3–15 cm long, rachis continuous, internodes <10 mm long. Spikelets 10–29 mm long, appressed to the main rachis, with 4 to 9 florets, glumes shorter than spikelet, with a broad base, narrowly tapering to a point or short awn. Lemmas hairy, with a divergent awn 5–15 mm (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range

Year-round
 


Range Comments
Mainly the Pacific Northwest and northern Rocky Mountain regions (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 40

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References
  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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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.
    • Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.
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