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Puccinellia distans

Puccinellia distans (Jacq.) Parl.

Weeping Alkaligrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: PUDI

USDA Native Status: L48 (NI), AK (NI), CAN (I), GL (I), SPM (I)

This species includes subspecies that are North American natives. However, it also includes subspecies that are not native to North America, e.g. Puccinellia distans ssp. distans, Weeping Alkaligrass. Non-native taxa are not treated in this database.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul

Distribution

USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DE , IA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NE , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NS , ON , QC , SK

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: OBL FACW OBL FACW OBL FACW FACW
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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America - beta site (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2023-01-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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