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Common Hardgrass - Sclerochloa dura
Other Names:  Fairground Grass

Non-native Species

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


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General Description
Cool season, annual prostrate bunchgrass. Stems ca. 10 cm, spreading. Leaves: blades flat and spreading with prow-like tips, 1–2 mm wide; sheaths with overlapping margins; ligule membranous. Inflorescence a contracted secund panicle or raceme 1–5 cm long. Spikelets 6–10 mm long, with usually 3 florets; glumes similar to lemmas. Lemmas with prominent parallel venation and a blunt tip, unawned; 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).

Range Comments
Sporadically introduced throughout most of North America (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: 5

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Habitat
Sporadic and possibly ephemeral on disturbed soils along roadsides, parking lots, and driveways (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.
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