Perennial, tufted grass from fibrous roots; stems erect, to 130 cm tall.
Sheaths smooth; blades flat, folded or in-rolled in young shoots, 2-7 mm wide; ear-shaped lobes at the leaf-bases sickle-shaped (sometimes obscure or absent), smooth; ligules 0.2-0.4 (0.5) mm long.
Inflorescence an open or contracted, simple panicle, (6) 10-25 cm long; spikelets (2-) 4- to 10- (12-) flowered, stalked, (8.5) 12-15.5 (17) mm long, each with 2 glumes; lower glumes (2) 2.6-4.5 mm long, upper glumes 3-5 mm long; lemmas 5-8 mm long, smooth or slightly rough near the tips, unawned or awned, the awns short, sharp, abrupt points up to 0.2 mm long; anthers (1.5) 2-4.6 mm long.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BWBS(2), CWH(3), IDF(1), PP(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Lolium pratense (Hudson) Darbyshire