E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Aira caryophyllea var. caryophyllea L.
Poaceae (Grass family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Aira caryophyllea var. caryophyllea
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Species Information

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Annual, tufted grass from fibrous roots; stems 1 to several, slender, delicate, hollow, smooth or short-hairy below the nodes, 5-30 cm tall.
Sheaths open; blades 4-15 cm long, 0.3-0.7 mm wide, threadlike, in-rolled; ligules 1.5-3.5 mm long, blunt, minutely rough to short-hairy, more or less irregular and jagged.
Inflorescence an open panicle, 2-6 cm long and nearly as wide; spikelet stalks longer than spikelets; glumes 2.5-2.8 (3) mm long; lemmas 2-2.3 mm long, awned, the awns 2.5-3.5 mm long; anthers about 0.3 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Vernally moist to dry, gravelly or rocky, open sites; common on S Vancouver Island, less frequent in the Gulf Islands and lower mainland, rare in the Queen Charlotte Islands; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

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