Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Deschampsia danthonioides (Trin.) Munro
- Family: Grass (Gramineae)
- Flowering: June-August
- Field Marks: This slender annual grass usually has 2-flowered spikelets borne in narrow panicles, with the lemmas only about 1/8 inch long and rounded and shallowly toothed at the tip.
- Habitat: Along streams, in meadows, mud flats, vernal pools.
- Habit: Tufted annual with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Slender, upright, hollow, unbranched, up to 1 1/2 feet tall, smooth.
- Leaves: Elongated, thread-like, up to 4 inches long, about 1/20 inch wide.
- Flowers: Borne in 2-flowered spikelets, the spikelets arranged in narrow panicles up to 8 inches long; glumes up to 1/3 inch long, pointed at the tip; lemmas only about 1/8 inch long, rounded and shallowly toothed at the tip, with hairs at the b
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Grains: Ellipsoid, smooth.
- Notes: The grains are eaten by waterfowl.
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