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Parish's Alkali Grass (Puccinellia parishii)

  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Poaceae
  • State: AZ, CA, CO, NM, TX
  • Nature Serve ID: 154141
  • Lifeform: Graminoid
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 09/16/2019

annual, bluish-green grass

Where is Parish's Alkali Grass (Puccinellia parishii) located in the wild?

States & Provinces:

Parish's Alkali Grass can be found in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas

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Conservation Actions

Kimiora Ward & Laynie Saidnawey, Institute for Applied Ecology
  • 11/22/2019

The Puccinellia parishii collection CPC accession number S0812 was collected by the Institute for Applied Ecology on Bureau of Land Management land in Sandoval County, NM. The population appeared healthy at an estimated 1000-2000 plants observed. 75-100% of the population appeared to have just finished flowering on July 22, 2019. The population is facing the threat of the invasive grass species Festuca arundinacea, which was reportedly covering 25-49% of the ground. The habitat the population was living in is described as open, 0-5% slope, southwest facing with no litter. Associated species include Festuca arundinacea, Eleocharis sp., Sporobolus airoides, Distichlis spicata var. stricta, Hordeum jubetum, Juncus balticus, Suaeda sp., Tamarisk and Almataster pauciflorus. 

 There were some seed maturity issues in the collection as roughly 30% of the collected seed appeared green and not fully developed. There did not appear to be any other issues with the seed. The seed is very small and processing it takes a lot of time to count out 25 maternal line collections. In total our collection was an estimated 10,000 seeds. After doing a basic cut test under a microscope, I believe we had ~ 45% viable seed, although again the seed is very small and our viability test might not be completely accurate. 

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Taxon Puccinellia parishii
Authority A.S. Hitchc.
Family Poaceae
CPC Number 3676
ITIS 41218
Duration Annual
Common Names Parish's Alkali Grass | Bog alkaligrass
Associated Scientific Names Puccinellia parishii
State Rank
State State Rank
Arizona S2
California S1
Colorado S1
New Mexico S1
Texas SNR
Ecological Relationships

Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Wind-pollinated Not Specified Link

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