Agrostis capillaris

L.
Common names: Browntop Rhode island bent Colonial bent Agrostide fine
Synonyms: Agrostis vulgaris unknown Aristata unknown Agrostis alba var. vulgaris unknown Agrostis alba var. aristata unknown Agrostis tenuis Sibth.
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 24. Treatment on page 639.
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Illustrator: Sandy Long
Plants perennial; rhizomatous or stoloniferous, rhizomes or stolons to 5 cm. Culms 10-75 cm, erect or geniculate, with 2-5 nodes. Leaves basal and cauline; sheaths smooth; ligules 0.3-2 mm, shorter than wide, dorsal surfaces usually scabridulous, sometimes smooth, apices truncate to rounded, erose-ciliolate, sometimes lacerate; blades 3-10 cm long, 1-5 mm wide, flat. Panicles 3-20 cm long, less than 1/2 the length of the culm, (1)2-12 cm wide, stiffly erect, widely ovate, open, exserted from the upper sheaths at maturity, lowest node with (2)3-9(13) branches; branches smooth or scabridulous, spreading during and after anthesis, spikelets usually confined to the distal 1/2, lower branches 1.5-7 cm; pedicels 0.4-3.3 mm, adjacent pedicels divergent. Spikelets lanceolate or oblong, purplish brown to greenish. Glumes subequal, 1.7-3 mm, 1-veined, acute; lower glumes scabridulous over the midvein towards the apices; upper glumes scabridulous or smooth over the midvein; calluses glabrous, or with a few hairs to 0.1 mm; lemmas 1.2-2.5 mm, smooth, glabrous, opaque to translucent, 3(5)-veined, veins typically prominent, apices obtuse to acute, usually entire, sometimes the veins excurrent to 0.5 mm, usually unawned, rarely awned, sometimes varying within a panicle, awns to 2 mm, mid-dorsal, straight or geniculate; paleas 0.6-1.2(1.4) mm, typically at least 1/2 the length of the lemmas, veins visible; anthers 3, 0.8-1.3 mm. Caryopses 0.8-1.5 mm; endosperm solid. 2n = 28.

Distribution

Conn., N.J., N.Y., Wash., D.C, W.Va., Pacific Islands (Hawaii), B.C., Greenland, N.B., Nfld. And Labr., N.S., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Yukon, Wyo., N.H., N.C., Tenn., Pa., Calif., Nev., Va., Mass., Maine, R.I., Vt., Alaska, Ala., Ind., N.Dak., Ark., Ill., Idaho, Md., Ohio, Utah, Mo., Mich., Mont., Miss., S.C., Ky., Oreg.

Discussion

Agrostis capillaris grows along roadsides and in disturbed areas. It was introduced from Europe, and is now well established in western and eastern North America. It is often used for fine-leaved lawns; commercial seed sold as Agrostis tenuis 'Highland' usually contains A. capillaris.

Agrostis capillaris differs from A. gigantea (p. 641) in its short ligules, especially on the vegetative shoots, and the open panicles that lack spikelets near the base of the branches. It differs from A. castellana (see next) in having diffuse rather than clustered spikelets, fewer rhizomes, divaricate panicle branches after anthesis, calluses that are glabrous or with hairs up to 0.1 mm long, and glabrous lemmas. It also tends to flower somewhat earlier than A. castellana. Agrostis capillaris readily hybridizes with A. vinealis (p. 643), the hybrids being somewhat intermediate between the two parents.

References

None.

Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

Facts about "Agrostis capillaris"
AuthorM.J. Harvey +
AuthorityL. +
Common nameBrowntop +, Rhode island bent +, Colonial bent + and Agrostide fine +
DistributionConn. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, Wash. +, D.C +, W.Va. +, Pacific Islands (Hawaii) +, B.C. +, Greenland +, N.B. +, Nfld. And Labr. +, N.S. +, Ont. +, P.E.I. +, Que. +, Yukon +, Wyo. +, N.H. +, N.C. +, Tenn. +, Pa. +, Calif. +, Nev. +, Va. +, Mass. +, Maine +, R.I. +, Vt. +, Alaska +, Ala. +, Ind. +, N.Dak. +, Ark. +, Ill. +, Idaho +, Md. +, Ohio +, Utah +, Mo. +, Mich. +, Mont. +, Miss. +, S.C. +, Ky. + and Oreg. +
IllustratorSandy Long +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://bibilujan@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/314eb390f968962f596ae85f506b4b3db8683b1b/coarse grained fna xml/V24/V24 904.xml +
SynonymsAgrostis vulgaris +, Aristata +, Agrostis alba var. vulgaris +, Agrostis alba var. aristata + and Agrostis tenuis +
Taxon familyPoaceae +
Taxon nameAgrostis capillaris +
Taxon parentAgrostis +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 24 +