Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Agrostis exarata Trin.
- Family: Grass (Gramineae)
- Flowering: July-August
- Field Marks: This bentgrass has narrow panicles much longer than broad. The 1-flowered spikelets have glumes slightly roughened to the touch.
- Habitat: Most moist areas.
- Habit: Tufted perennial grass with short rhizomes.
- Stems: Upright, unbranched, hollow, up to 3 1/2 feet tall, without hairs.
- Leaves: Elongated, flat, 1/4-1/2 inch wide, rough to the touch; ligules up to 1/3 inch long, minutely hairy.
- Flowers: Borne in spikelets, with numerous spikelets crowded into narrow, often spike-like panicles, the "spikes" sometimes interrupted; spikelets 1-flowered; glumes green or purplish, pointed or even slightly awned at the top; lemma awned, the
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Grains: Narrowly oblongoid, smooth.
- Notes: This is a very important range grass for domestic livestock.
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