1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Festuca Tourn. ex L.
      1. Festuca minutiflora Rydb.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Alaska to W. & W. Central U.S.A.

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    Habit
    Perennial. Basal innovations intravaginal. Culms slender; 10-15 cm long. Leaves mostly basal. Leaf-sheaths 2-4 cm long; smooth. Ligule an eciliate membrane; 0.75 mm long; obtuse. Leaf-blades involute; 1-10 cm long; 0.5 mm wide; flaccid.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; linear; 2-4 cm long. Primary panicle branches appressed. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 2-3 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 2-3 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume lanceolate; 2-2.5 mm long; 0.5 length of upper glume; chartaceous; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate, or ovate; 2.5-3 mm long; 1.1-1.5 length of adjacent fertile lemma; chartaceous; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma lanceolate, or oblong; 2 mm long; chartaceous; purple (above); without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma apex acute; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn 1-1.5 mm long overall. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped.
    Distribution
    North America: northwest USA and southwest .
    Reference
    Poeae. Rydberg 2004.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Yukon

    Festuca minutiflora Rydb. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 32: 608 (1905)

    Accepted by

    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2007). Flora of North America North of Mexico 24: 1-908. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.
    • Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006). World Grass Species - Synonymy database The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2007). Flora of North America North of Mexico 24: 1-908. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0