Hierochloe alpina (Sw.) Roem. & Schult.
FamilyGramineae — APG family: Poaceae
SynonymsHolcus alpinus Sw.
DescriptionCulms about 20 cm tall, tufted, with reddish base; basal leaves involute; stem leaves with very short, finely pubescent blades; panicle contracted, 2-3 cm long; spikelets olivaceous to purple; second lemma bears exserted awn, bent below middle.
EcologyAlpine meadows and heaths and on rocky slopes, from arctic lowlands to moun- tains, to at least 1,800 meters. Described from Lapland.
Common all over area of interest, except in southeastern Alaska and middle Aleu- tians. Viviparous specimens occur rarely. Circumpolar map indicates range of H. alpina, in a broad sense, including H. monticola (Bigel.) Love & Love (Holcus monticola Bigel.) and H. orthantha Sgrens.
Hultén's Flora About

This is a digital representation of Eric Hultén’s ‘Flora of Alaska and Neighboring Territories: A Manual of the Vascular Plants’, which was published by Stanford University Press in 1968. The book was digitized by C. Webb (at UAMN) as part of the Flora of Alaska project, with funding by the US NSF (Grant 1759964 to Ickert-Bond & Webb), and with permission of Stanford University Press. Data and images © 1968 Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Jr. Univ. Usage licence: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0. NB: You may find OCR errors; please refer to the hard-copy if in doubt.