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Calamagrostis purpurascens

Calamagrostis purpurascens R. Br.

Purple Reedgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)



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 Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Pubescence: Scabrous
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Panicle dense, usually pinkish or purplish.


USA: AK , CA , CO , ID , MN , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Substrates: lake shores, tundra, slopes; dry, moderately well drained; calcareous; rocks, gravel, sand, silt. Habitats: Growing on rocky slopes and well-drained sandy soils.

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Arctic Skipper
(Carterocephalus palaemon)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Research Literature

Reslit 472 - Allozyme variation in endangered Castanea pumila var. pumila (2003) Y. Q. Fu and F. Dane
Reslit 319 - Intercontinental genetic divergence of Castanea species in eastern Asia and eastern North America (2003) F. Dane, P. Lang, H. Huang and Y. Fu
Reslit 317 - Genetic variation and population structure of Castanea pumila var. ozarkensis (1999) F. Dane, L. K. Hawkins and H. W. Huang
Reslit 318 - Short note: Variability and inheritance of diaphorases in American and Chinese Castanea species (2002) F. Dane and H. Huag
Reslit 794 - Molecular evidence for an Asian origin and a unique westward migration of species in the genus Castanea via Europe to North America (2007) P. Lang, F. Dane, T. L. Kubisiak and H. W. Huang
Reslit 1265 - Comparison of total lipids, fatty acids, sugars and nonvolatile organic acids in nuts from four Castanea species (1994) S. D. Senter, J. A. Payne, G. Miller and S. L. Ana...
Reslit 2000 - Castanea pumila (L) Mill - an Underused Native Nut Tree (1994) J. A. Payne, G. Miller, G. P. Johnson and S. D. Se...
Reslit 2092 - A New Species of Harmandia (Diptera, Cecidomyiidae) Damaging Leaves of Allegheny Chinkapin in Eastern United-States and a Redescription of the Genus (1992) R. J. Gagne and J. A. Payne
Reslit 2250 - Growth Form and Life Histories of American Chestnut and Allegheny and Ozark Chinquapin at Various North American Sites (1993) F. L. Paillet

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

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


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

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