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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.
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Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Phleum pratense USDA PLANTS Symbol PHPR3
Common Name Timothy, Common Timothy ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 41062
Family Poaceae (Grass) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to Subalpine (3800 to 11000 ft.); meadows, grasslands, roadsides and disturbed areas.
Plant: Perennial grass, tufted; culms 16 to 40 inches tall.
Foliage: Sheaths smooth; stem blades flat, 2 to 8 inches long and 3/16 to 1/3-inch wide with rough margins and not inflated; ligules blunt, nearly entire but sometimes irregular-jagged edges, 3/16-inch long or less.
Inflorescence: Slender, dense panicle, cylindrical, 2 to 6 inches long, made up of closely packed spikelets; green glumes terminating in horn-like awns; anthers pale lavender.
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and E-Flora BC.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Introduced



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