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Rabbit's-foot Grass - Polypogon monspeliensis
Other Names:  Annual Rabbit's-foot Grass, Annual Rabbitsfoot Grass, Annual Beard-grass

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 1


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General Description
Cool season, annual bunchgrass. Stems erect to decumbent, 10–50 cm. Leaves: blades 4–6 mm wide, flat and ascending; sheaths with overlapping margins; ligule membranous. Inflorescence a dense spike-like panicle, 2–15 cm long, tawny yellowish to whitish when mature. Spikelets with 1 floret, 2–2.5 mm long excluding the awns, glumes with awns 5–10 mm long, enclosing the floret. Lemmas 1–1.5 mm long, awned from near the tip with a delicate awn no longer than the lemma; palea well developed. Disarticulation below glumes; unit of dispersal the spikelet (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range

Non-native
 


Range Comments
Introduced throughout North America excluding a very east-central portion (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: 53

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Habitat
Disturbed places with moist soil including shady stream and ditch banks (Lavin in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Management

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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    • Boggs, K. W. 1984. Succession in riparian communities of the lower Yellowstone River, Montana. M.S. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman, 107 pp.
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