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Last updated 7/31/2009 by David Giblin.
Puccinellia nutkaensis (J. Presl) Fernald & Weath.[FNA24, HC, HC2]
Nootka alkali grass

Publication: Rhodora 18: 22. 1916.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: Likely to be more common in WA than previous thought based on results from 2005-09 San Juan Island surveys. H&C (1973) notes "... PS to Seattle and Silverdale where prob no longer persistent".

FNA24: "Puccinellia nutkaensis grows in coastal habitats of continental North America and Greenland, generally in sand and stones in protected intertidal environments. It is variable in form, ranging from diminutive plants that resemble P. pumila to tall, erect plants, often with dense or open inflorescences, resembling P. nuttalliana. Larger plants on the Pacific coast have been called P. grandis Swallen, and those on the Atlantic coast P. lucida Fernald & Weath., but there are many plants of intermediate stature."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Phippsia nutkaensis (J. Presl) Á. Löve & D. Löve
Poa nutkaensis J. Presl
Puccinellia coarctata Fernald & Weath.
Puccinellia glabra Swallen
Puccinellia grandis Swallen
Puccinellia lucida Fernald & Weath.[HC]