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Bog Bluegrass - Poa leptocoma
Other Names:  Poa paucispicula

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Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4
C-value: 8

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General Description
Perennial bunchgrass. Stems 20–100 cm. Leaves: blades 1–4 mm wide; ligules 2–4 mm long. Inflorescence a loosely contracted panicle, 5–15 cm long, the branches slender and capillary. Spikelets 4–7 mm long. Lemmas hairy mostly along midrib and to some degree along the marginal veins, keeled(Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Spotty distribution from Rocky Mtns. to south coastal Alaska to Kamchatka.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 10

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  • 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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    • Aho, Ken Andrew. 2006. Alpine and Cliff Ecosystems in the North-Central Rocky Mountains. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 343 p.
    • Joslin, G.J. 1975. Behavior and environmental selection by Elk (Cervus canadensis nelsoni) during surrmer and fall in the First and Second Yellow Mule drainages, Madison County, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University, Bozeman. 65 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.
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