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Agrostis mertensii

Agrostis mertensii Trin.

Northern Bentgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Agrostis bakeri, Agrostis borealis, Agrostis borealis var. americana, Agrostis borealis var. paludosa, Agrostis idahoensis var. bakeri, Agrostis mertensii ssp. borealis, Agrostis rupestris

USDA Symbol: AGME3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Spikelet
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: The florets (flowers) of grasses are usually so minute that they are not visible to the naked eye.


USA: AK , CO , ME , MT , NC , NH , NY , SC , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NS

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Agrostis mertensii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Agrostis mertensii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Agrostis mertensii


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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