USGS - science for a changing world

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

  Home About NPWRC Our Science Staff Employment Contacts Common Questions About the Site

Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

63. Poaceae, the Grass Family

6. Calamagrostis Adans. -- Reedgrass

1. Calamagrostis canadensis (Michx.) Beauv. -- Bluejoint reedgrass


Culms rather slender, erect, 6-15 dm tall, often rooting from lower nodes when partly submersed; leaves green to glaucous, the blades rather lax, flat, 2-6 mm wide. Panicle rather loose and open, 8-20 cm long, the branches ascending to spreading. Glumes (1.5)2-4 mm long, glabrous or scaberulous on the back; lemma 1.5-3 mm long, thin, translucent, glabrous to scaberulous; anthers 1-1.7 mm long. Late Jun--Aug. Wet meadows, shallow marshes, boggy areas, springs and stream banks; frequent in the n and e parts, also the Black Hills and the Sand Hills, otherwise uncommon; (Greenl. to AK, s to NJ, WV, NC, MO, KS, NM and CA).
GIF- Species Photo/Drawing
GIF- Distribution Map

Map key

Calamagrostis canadensis (from Hitchcock 1950).  

Previous Section -- Bromus ciliatus L. -- Fringed brome
Return to Family -- Poaceae - The Grass Family
Next Section -- Calamagrostis stricta (Timm) Koel. -- Northern reedgrass

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/plants/vascplnt/species/ccana.htm
Page Contact Information: Webmaster
Page Last Modified: Saturday, 02-Feb-2013 06:40:54 EST
Sioux Falls, SD [sdww55]