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Torreyochloa pallida
pale false manna grass

Distribution: Alaska south along the coast to California, east to Alberta and New Mexico.

Habitat: Wet places, from near sea level to 11,000 feet elevation in mountain meadows.

Flowers: June - August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Strongly rhizomatous perennial, the culms somewhat decumbent, 1.5-14 dm. tall.


Sheaths open, smooth; ligules 3-9 mm. long, acute, usually lacerate and glabrous; blades 3-12 mm. wide, flat, usually slightly rough on both surfaces.


Inflorescence a loose panicle 5-20 cm. long, the branches 2-3 per node, spreading; spikelets 3- to 7-flowered; glumes broadly ovate, the first 0.8-1.1 mm. long, the second 1.2-1.8 mm. long; lemmas 1.9-2.9 mm. long, 5- or 7-nerved, with a purplish band below the membranous margin of the blunt tip.

Accepted Name:
Torreyochloa pallida (Torr.) G.L. Church

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. pauciflora – weak alkaligrass
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Torreyochloa pallida in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Torreyochloa pallida checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Torreyochloa pallida atlas page.

CalPhotos: Torreyochloa pallida photos.

USDA Plants: Torreyochloa pallida information.

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