Puccinellia distans

Family (Traditional)Poaceae
Species:Puccinellia distans (Jacq.) Parl.
Common NameWeeping Alkaligrass; European Alkali Grass
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Mudflat; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Region of Origin: Europe; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Brown (incl. Maroon); Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Caryopsis; Fruit Type: Grain; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Perianth Present: No; Placentation Type: Parietal; Placentation Type: Basal; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; AGCP (OBL), EMP (OBL) (NWPL); G5T5? (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Aira aquatica var. distans Aira aquatica var. distans (Jacq.) Huds.
Atropis distans Atropis distans (Jacq.) Griseb.
Atropis distans var. tenuis Atropis distans var. tenuis (Uechtr.) Rouy
Catabrosa distans Catabrosa distans (Jacq.) Link ex Heynh.
Festuca distans Festuca distans (Jacq.) Kunth
Glyceria distans Glyceria distans Wahlenb.
Glyceria distans var. tenuis Glyceria distans var. tenuis Uechtr.
Heleochloa distans Heleochloa distans (L.) Drejer
Hydrochloa distans Hydrochloa distans (Jacq.) Hartm.
Molinia distans Molinia distans (Jacq.) Hartm.
Panicularia distans Panicularia distans (Jacq.) Kuntze
Phippsia distans Phippsia distans
Poa retroflexa Poa retroflexa Curtis
Puccinellia bilykiana Puccinellia bilykiana Klokov
Puccinellia distans var. retroflexa Puccinellia distans var. retroflexa (Curtis) Wolley-Dod
Puccinellia pseudoconvoluta Puccinellia pseudoconvoluta Klokov
Puccinellia sachalinensis Puccinellia sachalinensis Ohwi
Sclerochloa arenaria Sclerochloa arenaria (Retz.) Nees
Sclerochloa distans Sclerochloa distans (Jacq.) Bab.
Sclerochloa multiculmis Sclerochloa multiculmis Syme ex Sowerby
Sclerochloa multiculmis var. distans Sclerochloa multiculmis var. distans (Jacq.) Syme

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Boone (KY), Kenton (KY)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: BEREA, BOON, KNK

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1979 - 2005

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
BEREA008041 Kenton Kentucky
Puccinellia distans
31973000023398 Boone Kentucky 11 Aug 1979 Thieret, John
Puccinellia distans
31973000023387 Boone Kentucky 31 May 2005 Thieret, John
Puccinellia distans
009652 Kenton Kentucky
Puccinellia distans
BEREA022800 Kenton Kentucky
Puccinellia distans
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