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Deschampsia cespitosa (L.) P. Beauv.
tufted hairgrass
Poaceae (Grass family)

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Distribution of Deschampsia cespitosa
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Species Information

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Ecological Framework for Deschampsia cespitosa

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) 0 745 2550
Slope Gradient (%) 0 17 120
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 212 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 5 8
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: AT(4), BAFA(8), BWBS(7), CDF(20), CMA(7), CWH(225), ESSF(53), ICH(17), IDF(5), IMA(1), MH(22), MS(42), SBPS(49), SBS(22), SWB(3)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Aira caespitosa L.
Deschampsia bottnica (Wahlenb.) Trin.
Deschampsia caespitosa (L.) P. Beauv., orth. var.
Deschampsia caespitosa subsp. orientalis HultΘn, orth. var.
Deschampsia caespitosa subsp. parviflora (Thuill.) K. Richt., orth. var.
Deschampsia caespitosa var. alpicola (Rydb.) A. L÷ve & D. L÷ve & Kapoor, orth. var.
Deschampsia caespitosa var. arctica Vasey, orth. var.
Deschampsia caespitosa var. intercotidalis B. Boivin, orth. var.
Deschampsia caespitosa var. longiflora Beal, orth. var.
Deschampsia caespitosa var. maritima Vasey, orth. var.
Deschampsia cespitosa subsp. bottnica (Wahlenb.) Tzvelev
Deschampsia cespitosa subsp. genuina (Rchb.) O.H. Volk
Deschampsia cespitosa subsp. obensis (Rosh.) Tzvelev
Deschampsia cespitosa subsp. paramushirensis (Honda) Tzvelev
Deschampsia cespitosa var. abbei B. Boivin
Deschampsia cespitosa var. arctica Vasey
Deschampsia cespitosa var. glauca (C. Hartm.) C. Hartm., non Regel
Deschampsia cespitosa var. littoralis (Gaudin) K. Richt.
Deschampsia cespitosa var. maritima Vasey
Deschampsia cespitosa var. parviflora (Thuill.) Coss. & Germ.
Deschampsia mackenzieana Raup
Deschampsia pumila (Ledeb.) Ostenf.

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