Achnatherum parishii

Achnatherum parishii, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Liliopsida
Subclassis: Commelinidae
Ordo: Poales
Familia: Poaceae
Subfamilia: Pooideae
Tribus: Stipeae
Genus: Achnatherum
Species: Achnatherum parishii


Achnatherum parishii, (Vasey) Barkworth


Achnatherum parishii is a species of grass known by the common name Parish's needlegrass. It is native to western North America from California and Baja California to Utah, where it grows in many types of habitat, especially dry areas. This is a perennial bunch grass which forms tight tufts of erect stems up to about 80 centimeters tall. The inflorescence is up to 15 centimeters long and packed with densely hairy spikelets. Each spikelet has an awn up to about 3.5 centimeters long. It has a single kink in it, whereas the awns of many other Achnatherum species have two kinks.

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