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|Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Vahlodea||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Vahlodea atropurpurea (Wahlenb.) Fr. ex Hartm.
Habit: Perennial herb. Stem: erect, 1 to densely clumped, 1.5--6 dm. Leaf: basal and cauline, basal tufted, generally glabrous; ligule 1--3 mm, obtuse to truncate, minutely ciliate at tip; blade 4--9 cm, 3--7 mm wide, flat. Inflorescence: panicle-like, > 1 cm wide, open; lower branches spreading to drooping. Spikelet: +- purple; glumes 4--6 mm, equal, > lower floret, elliptic, acute, glabrous or scabrous, lower 1-veined, upper 3-veined; axis inconspicuous beyond upper floret, +- 0.5 mm, flat, minutely ciliate (sometimes with vestigial floret at tip); florets generally 2, bisexual, breaking above glumes and between florets; callus soft-hairy, hairs +- 1/2 lemma length; lemma 2.5--4 mm, generally 2-toothed at tip, faintly 3-veined, awned near middle, awn 2--3 mm, straight to slightly bent; palea +- = lemma. Chromosomes: 2n=14.
Ecology: Wet sites, meadows, streambanks, in conifer forest; Elevation: 2000--2300 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR (Marble Mtns, Trinity Alps), CaRH (Mount Shasta); Distribution Outside California: Alaska, eastern Canada, northeastern United States, northern Eurasia. Flowering Time: Jul--Sep
Synonyms: Deschampsia atropurpurea (Wahlenb.) Scheele
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston, Bruce G. Baldwin & Dieter H. Wilken
Jepson Online Interchange
Listed on CNPS Rare Plant Inventory
Previous taxon: Vahlodea
Next taxon: Ventenata
Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston, Bruce G. Baldwin & Dieter H. Wilken 2016. Vahlodea atropurpurea, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=47722, accessed on April 28, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on April 28, 2016.