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Polypogon monspeliensis
annual rabbit's-foot grass

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; widely distributed throughout much of North America.

Habitat: Wet to dry waste areas, including vernal pools where the water is brackish.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Introduced

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Tufted annual, the culms 0.5-7 dm. tall, often decumbent and freely rooting below.


Sheaths open, smooth to scabrous; ligules 3-10 mm. long, strongly puberulent, narrowed to a blunt, lacerate tip; blades flat, scabrous, 4-7 mm. broad.


Inflorescence a dense panicle 2-15 cm. long; spikelets 1-flowered, articulate below the glume; glumes 2-3.5 mm. long, tawny with age, awned from between very short, rounded lobes, the awns 6-10 mm. long; lemmas about half as long as the glumes, smooth and shining, the tip rounded, with a slender, terminal awn exceeding the glumes by about 1.5 mm.; paleas subequal to the lemmas, 2-nerved.

Accepted Name:
Polypogon monspeliensis (L.) Desf.
Publication: Fl. Atlant. 1: 67. 1798.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Alopecurus monspeliensis L.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Polypogon monspeliensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Polypogon monspeliensis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Polypogon monspeliensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Polypogon monspeliensis photos.

USDA Plants: Polypogon monspeliensis information.

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