Northern Fescue - Festuca viviparoidea
Festuca vivipara, Festuca ovina var. vivipara
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Rare in Montana, where it is only know from a few sites in Glacier National park. Population numbers are apparently very low. However, the species generally occurs in areas and habitats that either are not susceptible or not experiencing negative impacts.
Perennial bunchgrass. Stems 10–25 cm. Leaves: blades ca. 1 mm wide. Inflorescence a narrow panicle 3–5 cm long. Spikelets of variable length depending on number and size of the vegetative bulblets. Lemmas uncommon, sometimes awn-tipped (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
Collected in Glacier County. AK to Greenland south to BC, MT and WY; Asia (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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Grows in moist alpine tundra.
Ecological Systems Associated with this Species
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Threats or Limiting Factors
STATE THREAT SCORE REASON
Reported threats to Montana's populations of Northern Fescue include potential impacts due to trampling by hikers at populations in Glacier National Park (MTNHP Threat Assessment 2021). However, severity of impacts is unlikely to lead to population decline in a 10-year time frame.
- 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.