(Alpine Timothy)

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Phleum alpinum, Lincoln Park, Golden Horseshoe, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 9189

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Phleum alpinum, Crystal Lakes, Summit Co. 5732

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Phleum alpinum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7591

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Phleum alpinum, Gold Dust Trail, Park Co. 6765

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Phleum alpinum, Gold Dust Trail, Park Co. 5735

Scientific Name Phleum alpinum USDA PLANTS Symbol PHAL2
Common Name Alpine Timothy ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 41063
Family Poaceae (Grass) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (8000 to 14000 ft.); mountain meadows, streambanks and open understory.
Plant: Perennial grass, strongly tufted; culms 8 to 24 inches long often decumbent and rooting at the nodes.
Foliage: Sheaths smooth; stem blades flat, 3/4 to 4-3/4 inches long and 1/8 to 1/4-inch wide with rough margins and inflated and separating from the culm; ligules blunt, nearly entire, 1/8-inch long or less.
Inflorescence: Dense panicle, nearly globe-shaped to short-cylindrical, 3/8 to 1-3/4 inches long, with an overall purplish cast, made up of closely packed spikelets; purplish glumes terminating in horn-like awns; anthers lavender.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Jepson E-Flora and E-Flora BC.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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