Calamagrostis epigejos feathertop; reed-grass Poaceae CAEP*; Q; K, m;


Calamagrostis (Accessed 5/2014).

Calamagrostis epigejos is a perennial, densely colonial grass from rhizomes, stems 60 cm to 2 m tall, pale gray-green, nodes often dark; ligules membranous, 0.4-1.2 cm. 

Leaves alternate, blades 0.4-2 cm wide, pale gray-green. 

Flower spikelets 1-flowered; glumes 0.5 cm long, awl-shaped; lemma 0.2 cm, awned, base with dense tuft of long white hairs, almost as long as the glumes; inflorescence dense, to 35 cm long, dense, fluffy or silky, often purplish; blooming and fruiting Aug.-Sept. 

Wetland status: FAC. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Eurasia. 

Habitat: Open sandy soil or fill.