Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Agrostis stolonifera var. palustris
Creeping bent grass
Taxonomy

Synonyms: Agrostis alba palustris, Agrostis alba var. palustris, Agrostis stolonifera, Agrostis alba var palustris

Subspecific taxa:

Classification:

  • Magnoliophyta
    • Liliopsida
      • Poales

Other taxonomic & nomenclature sources: USDA PlantsITISThe Plant ListIPNI

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Species Distribution
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County Map Legend
Absent:
Not known from county
Medium confidence:
Medium or unknown confidence;
often old records or unverifiable observations
Medium-high confidence:
Often observations by expert botanists
High confidence:
Often vouchered herbarium records
Planted / introduced:
Native species introduced outside historic range,
or only in planted locations within county (e.g., restorations)
Historic / extirpated:
Only historic records for the species; likely extirpated
(Note that this category is not yet functional)

North American distribution maps for this species: FLNAUSDA PlantsBONAPBISON

Collection & Observation Phenology [?]

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Species Status

Status/Listing: No Information

Notes:

Origin: Native

Species Description

General: Monocot, perennial

Roots: adventitious, stolons

Shoots: alternate leaf arrangment; simple leaf type; entire leaf margin; Parallel leaf venation; awl-shaped leaf shape

Inflorescence: panicle

Flowers: perfect; 3 merous; complete; hypogynous ovary position

Fruit: grain

Physiology: autotrophic; C3 C02 fixation

Ecology & Natural History

Habitat: Species is distributed as native plants on alkali, springy ground and planted turf.

ILPIN Notes: Versus Agrostis alba var. alba, this has stolons present, culms decumbent, panicle straw-colored, branches ascending. It forms dense mats from creeping, rooting stolons. Species is resistant to salt-spray and can be used as a lawn-grass near the seashore. It is common on golf-courses but requires cool, moist conditions. Species is distributed throughout the state, but is nowhere abundant.

Functional Relationships:

Human Relationships:

  • Edibility [?] :
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Wildlife and Livestock Information:

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Coefficient of Conservatism (C-value) [?] :

  • Entire State: 8
  • Chicago Area: 10

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