Puccinellia distans (Jacq.) Parl.

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Puccinellia distans (Jacq.) Parl.

  • Description

    Species Description - Tufted perennial 1–5 dm, decumbent at base; lvs 1–4 mm wide, flat, often becoming involute; ligules mostly under 2 mm; infl ovoid, 6–20 cm, loosely branched, its branches and pedicels scabrous, the lower branches spreading or reflexed, usually bearing spikelets only beyond the middle; spikelets 3–5 mm, 3–7-fld; glumes ovate, the first 0.7–1.8 mm, the second 1.2–2 mm; lemmas elliptic to obovate, obscurely veined, glabrous or short-pilose at base, scabrous on the margins toward the broadly obtuse to truncate tip; first lemma 1.7–2.5 mm; anthers 0.7–1.1 mm; 2n=14, 28, 42. Native of Europe, naturalized along the coast from N.B. to Del., and becoming common inland especially along highways in our range, w. to the Pacific.

  • Common Names

    European alkali-grass