Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Alopecurus acqualis Sobol.
- Family: Grass (Gramineae)
- Flowering: June-August
- Field Marks: The single spikes of this grass are cylindrical and several times longer than broad. The spike is not "fuzzy." The awn of the lemma is only about 1/3 inch long.
- Habitat: Wet meadows, marshes, along streams, around ponds and lakes.
- Habit: Perennial herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Spreading to ascending, often rooting at the nodes, up to 1 1/2 feet tall, smooth.
- Leaves: Elongated, up to 1/6 inch wide, without hairs but usually rough to the touch on both surfaces; ligules up to 1/3 inch long.
- Flowers: Borne in spikelets, with several spikelets crowded into a long cylindrical spike at the tip of the stem, spikes up to 3 inches long, up to 1/4 inch wide; spikelets 1-flowered; glumes sparsely hairy: lemmas smooth, with an awn arising fr
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Grains: Ellipsoid, smooth.
- Notes: This grass is foraged by domesticated livestock.
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