Puccinellia maritima seaside alkali-grass Poaceae PUDI*; R;

Puccinellia maritima.USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions.

Puccinellia maritima. USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York.. (Accessed 5/2014).

Puccinellia maritima is a perennial, coarse, stems 30-80 cm tall, tufted, sometimes also colonial from creeping stems, ligule 0.1-0.2 cm.

Leaves alternate, 2-17 cm long, 0.1-0.3 cm wide, often inrolled.

Flowers bilaterally symmetrical, outer scales (glumes) 0.2-0.4 cm, blunt-tipped, inner scale (lemma) about 0.4 cm, hairy at base, tip rounded; spikelets 5-11 flowered, 0.5-1.2 cm long; inflorescence 5-25 cm long, narrow, branches ascending, lowest branches naked at base; blooming and fruiting June-July.

Fruit dry, 1-seeded (grain).

Wetland status: OBL.

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.

Origin: Europe.

Habitat: High marshes, shores.