Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Alopecurus alpinus J.E. Smith
- Family: Grass (Gramineae)
- Flowering: June-August
- Field Marks: This species has a short, "fuzzy" head not more than 1 1/2 inches long at the tip of each stem.
- Habitat: Wet meadows, along streams, mostly in the high mountains.
- Habit: Perennial herb with short rhizomes and sometimes with stolons.
- Stems: Upright, unbranched, up to 2 1/2 feet tall, smooth.
- Leaves: Elongated, narrow, up to 1/4 inch wide, without hairs but rough to the touch on both surfaces.
- Flowers: Borne in spikelets, with several spikelets crowded into a "fuzzy" head at the tip of the stem; heads up to 1 1/2 inches long, up to 1/2 inch wide; spikelets 1-flowered; glumes densely long-hairy; lemmas with an awn up to 1/3 inch long,
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Grains: Ellipsoid, smooth.
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