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Agrostis pallens
seashore bent

Distribution: Near the coast, Grays Harbor County, Washington south to San Francisco, California.

Habitat: Coastal sand dunes and immediately adjacent woods.

Flowers: Late June - August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial with long, wiry rhizomes, the culms somewhat tufted, erect, 1.5-3 dm. tall.


Sheaths open; ligules firm, obtuse, sub-entire to jagged, but not lacerate; blades usually involute, 1.5-3 mm. broad, fine-pointed.


Inflorescence a yellowish-green, strongly compressed panicle 3-10 cm. long; spikelets 1-flowered, articulate above the glumes; glumes equal, about 3 mm. long; lemma slightly shorter than the glumes, unawned; beard on the callus 0.2-0.5 mm. long; lodicules 2, 0.3-0.5 mm. long.



Accepted Name:
Agrostis pallens Trin.
Publication: Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg, Sér. 6, Sci. Math., Seconde Pt. Sci. Nat. 6,4(3-4): 328. 1841.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Agrostis diegoensis Vasey [HC]
Agrostis lepida Hitchc.
Agrostis pallens Trin. var. vaseyi H. St. John
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Agrostis pallens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Agrostis pallens checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Agrostis pallens atlas page.

CalPhotos: Agrostis pallens photos.

USDA Plants: Agrostis pallens information.

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