(Tufted Hairgrass)

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Deschampsia cespitosa, Lincoln Park, Summit Co. 9216

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Deschampsia cespitosa, Lincoln Park, Summit Co. 9126

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Deschampsia cespitosa, Lincoln Park, Summit Co. 9119

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Deschampsia cespitosa, Lincoln Park, Summit Co. 9155

Scientific Name Deschampsia cespitosa USDA PLANTS Symbol DECE
Common Name Tufted Hairgrass ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 502001
Family Poaceae (Grass) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to alpine (5000 to 14000 ft.); moist areas in meadows, along lakeshores, in sand and gravel along rivers and in wetlands.
Plant: Densely tufted perennial 1 to 5 feet tall.
Foliage: Mostly below the middle of the stem, narrow linear blades flat or folded, 1/6-inch or less wide and 2 to 12 inches long.
Inflorescence: Open panicle 3 to 12 inches long, pyramid-shaped, sometimes narrowly elongated, often nodding; branches straight and hair-like; narrowly oblong, flattened spikelets, silver colored with a purple tinge, about 1/4-inch long or less with 2 florets.
Bloom period: July to September.
Reference: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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