Page authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Alopecurus aequalis
little foxtail, short-awn foxtail
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Widespread throughout much of Washington; widespread throughout much of North America.

Habitat: Wet places, often submersed.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Tufted perennials, the culms 2-7 dm. tall, erect to decumbent and freely-rooting, especially when growing in standing water.


Sheaths open; ligules 4-8 mm. long, acute, lacerate or entire; blades 2-5 mm. broad, strongly roughened on the lower surface.


Inflorescence a cylindrical, pale green, spikelike panicle 1.5-7 cm. long; spikelets 1-flowered; articulation below the glumes; glumes 2-2.3 mm. long, the tips obtuse and scarious, silky on the back, fused for less than 0.5 mm; lemmas subequal to the glumes, the margins fused for less than half their length, with an awn attached about mid-length, straight, about equal to the glumes; paleas and lodicules lacking.



Accepted Name:
Alopecurus aequalis Sobol.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. aequalis – little foxtail, short-awn foxtail
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Alopecurus aequalis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Alopecurus aequalis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Alopecurus aequalis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Alopecurus aequalis photos.

USDA Plants: Alopecurus aequalis information.

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