[Wildflowers West of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

The Grass Family West of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington


Sweet Vernalgrass: Anthoxanthum odoratum (Synonym: Anthoxanthum odoratum ssp. alpinum, Anthoxanthum odoratum ssp. odoratum)

Sweet Vernalgrass: Anthoxanthum odoratum

The following is a very incomplete listing of grasses to be found west of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington:

Unidentified Grasses: Can you help identify these grasses? Helping get them to a Genus name would help!

Needlegrasses and Ricegrasses: The Genus Achnatherum (or Eriocoma)

Bentgrasses and Redtops: The Genus Agrostis

Hairgrasses: The Genus Aira

Foxtail Grasses: The Genus Alopecurus

Beachgrass: The Genus Ammophila

Sweetgrass and Vernalgrass: The Genus Anthoxanthum

Bromes: The Genus Bromus

Dogtail Grass: The Genus Cynosurus

Orchard Grass: The Genus Dactylis

Oatgrasses: The Genus Danthonia

Hairgrass: The Genus Deschampsia

Alkaline Grass, Coastal Saltgrass, Inland Saltgrass, Saltgrass: Distichlis spicata (Synonyms: Distichlis spicata ssp. stricta, Distichlis spicata var. borealis, Distichlis spicata var. divaricata, Distichlis spicata var. nana, Distichlis spicata var. stolonifera, Distichlis spicata var. stricta, Distichlis stricta, Distichlis stricta var. dentata, Distichlis stricta var. stricta, Uniola spicata)

Wildrye Grass: The Genus Elymus

Fescues: The Genus Festuca

Sweetgrasses: The Genus Hierochloe

Velvetgrass: The Genus Holcus

Ryegrass: The Genus Lolium

Melics, Melicgrasses, and Oniongrasses: The Genus Melica

Bluegrass: The Genus Poa

Beardless Bluebunch Wheatgrass, Beardless Wheatgrass, Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata (Synonyms: Agropyron inerme, Agropyron spicatum, Agropyron spicatum var. inerme, Agropyron spicatum var. pubescens, Agropyron spicatum var. spicatum, Agropyron vaseyi, Elymus spicatus, Elytrigia spicata, Pseudoroegneria spicata ssp. inermis, Pseudoroegneria spicata ssp. spicata, Roegneria spicata)

Medusa-head, Medusahead Wildrye: Taeniatherum caput-medusae (Synonyms: Elymus caput-medusae, Taeniatherum asperum)

Bread Wheat, Common Wheat, Wheat: Triticum aestivum (Synonyms: Triticum hybernum, Triticum macha, Triticum sativum, Triticum sphaeroccoccum, Triticum vulgare)

Annual Fescues: The Genus Vulpia

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