Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Weeping Alkaligrass - Puccinellia distans   (Jacquin) ParlatoreOnly member of Puccinellia in NC.
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Author(Jacquin) Parlatore
DistributionKnown only from a single collection in Watauga County: just N of Boone in median of hwy. 421, 15 June 2007, Poindexter 07-213 (BOON).

Native of Eurasia, but widespread in alkali regions of the western U.S. and Canada and so possibly native there. Disjunct to the Atlantic Coast.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatMedian strip of highway.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-July.
IdentificationThese plants are perennial, stems a few inches to a foot tall (to 2 feet elsewhere). The leaves are mostly basal and short. The inflorescence has well-spaced, horizontal to reflexed branches; the spikelets have 2-7 florets, all scales blunt.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

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