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Last updated 7/30/2009 by David Giblin.
Poa paucispicula Scribn. & Merr.[FNA24, HC2]
Alaska blue grass

Publication: Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 13(3): 69, pl. 15. 1910.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA24: "Poa paucispicula grows in arctic and alpine regions, from the north coast of Alaska and the western Northwest Territories south to Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming; it also grows in arctic far east Russia. It is a delicate species that prefers open, mesic, rocky slopes. It has sometimes been included in P. leptocoma, a member of Poa sect. Oreinos. It differs from P. leptocoma in having smoother branches, fewer spikelets, and broader glumes. Chloroplast DNA studies confirm that it is not closely related to species of sect. Oreinos; ITS data support its relationship to P. leptocoma."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Poa leptocoma Trin. ssp. paucispicula (Scribn. & Merr.) Tzvelev
Poa leptocoma Trin. var. paucispicula (Scribn. & Merr.) C.L. Hitchc.[HC]
Poa merrilliana Hitchc.