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

Polypogon monspeliensis (L.) Desf.
rabbitfoot polypogon (annual rabbitsfoot grass)
Poaceae (Grass family)

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Distribution of Polypogon monspeliensis
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Species Information

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Annual, tufted grass from fibrous roots; stems often decumbent and freely rooting below (especially in standing water), 50-70 cm tall.
Sheaths open; blades usually flat, rough, (1) 4-7 (12) mm wide; ligules strongly short rough-hairy externally, (2) 3-10 (12) mm long, narrowed to blunt or squared-off, irregularly jagged.
Inflorescence a dense, spikelike panicle, (1) 2-15 cm long; glumes rough, tawny in age, 2-3.5 mm long, awned from between very short rounded lobes, the awns 6-10 mm long; lemmas 1, smooth and shining, about half as long as the glumes, minutely toothed at the rounded tips, awned, the awns slender, exceeding the glumes by as much as 1.5 mm; paleas nearly equal to the lemmas; lodicules lanceolate, about 0.2 mm long; anthers about 0.5 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Late Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present over the Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Wet to dry waste areas, ditches and vernal pools in the lowland zone; infrequent in S BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Polypogon monspeliensis

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 440 514 663
Slope Gradient (%) 0 1 3
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
90 90 90
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 5 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: PP(3)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Alopecurus monspeliensis L.

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