Koeleria spicata (L.) Barberá, Quintanar, Soreng & P.M.Peterson, Phytoneuron 2019-46: 6 (2019) as per POWO;
Trisetum spicatum (L.) K.Richt., Pl. Eur. 1: 59 1890. (Syn: Aira subspicata L. [Illegitimate]; Avena airoides Koeler; Avena flavescens var. virescens Regel .; Avena mollis Michx. [Illegitimate]; Avena spicata (L.) B.Fedtsch. [Illegitimate]; Avena squarrosa Schrank; Avena subspicata (L.) Clairv. [Illegitimate]; Avena tolucensis Kunth; Avena virescens (Regel) Regel; Briza toluccensis Kunth [Spelling variant]; Calamagrostis falklandiae Steud.; Calamagrostis subspicata (L.) Desv.; Deyeuxia subspicata (L.) Desv.; Koeleria aristata Loisel.; Koeleria canescens Torr. ex Trin. [Invalid]; Koeleria spicata (L.) Willk. & Lange [Invalid]; Koeleria subspicata (L.) Mart. ex Rchb. [Illegitimate]; Koeleria subspicata Schrad. ex Mart.; Melica triflora Bigelow; Rupestrina pubescens Prov. [Illegitimate]; Trisetaria airoides (Koeler) Baumg. [Illegitimate]; Trisetaria spicata (L.) Paunero; Trisetaria tolucensis (Kunth) Poir.; Trisetarium tolucensis (Kunth) Poir.; Trisetum airoides (Koeler) Roem. & Schult. [Illegitimate]; Trisetum alaskanum Nash; Trisetum albidum Sodiro; Trisetum americanum Gand.; Trisetum andinum Benth.; Trisetum andinum Phil. [Illegitimate]; Trisetum barbatipaleum (Hulten ex Veldkamp) Finot; Trisetum biflorum Phil. [Illegitimate]; Trisetum brittonii Nash; Trisetum congdonii Scribn. & Merr.; Trisetum dianthemum (Louis-Marie) Finot; Trisetum disjunctum Louis-Marie; Trisetum fedtschenkoi Henrard; Trisetum formosanum Honda; Trisetum fuegianum Gand.; Trisetum gracile Sodiro [Illegitimate]; Trisetum groenlandicum Steud.; Trisetum interruptum E.Fourn. [Illegitimate]; Trisetum kitadakense Honda; Trisetum labradoricum Steud.; Trisetum majus Rydb.; Trisetum molle Kunth ..; Trisetum mongolicum (Hulten) Peschkova; Trisetum nivosum E.Fourn.; Trisetum ochrostachyum Phil.; Trisetum ovatipaniculatum (Hultén) Galushko; Trisetum pubiflorum Hack.; Trisetum seravschanicum Roshev.; Trisetum spicatum subsp. alascanum (Nash) Hultén ……………………………………; Trisetum spiciforme Dulac [Illegitimate]; Trisetum subspicatum (L.) P.Beauv. [Illegitimate] ……..; Trisetum tolucense (Kunth) Kunth; Trisetum triflorum (Bigelow) Á.Löve & D.Löve ..; Trisetum variabile É.Desv.; Trisetum virescens (Regel) B.Fedtsch. [Illegitimate]; Trisetum virescens (Regel) Roshev.; Trisetum wrangelense (V.V.Petrovsky) Prob.;                         (≡) Aira spicata L. );
Eurasia, SE. Australia, New Zealand, America, Falkland Islands: Afghanistan, Alaska, Alberta, Aleutian Is., Altay, Amur, Antipodean Is., Argentina Northeast, Argentina South, Arizona, Austria, Bolivia, Borneo, British Columbia, Buryatiya, California, Chatham Is., Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, Chita, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Dominican Republic, East European Russia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Falkland Is., Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Idaho, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Kazakhstan, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kuril Is., Labrador, Magadan, Maine, Manchuria, Manitoba, Massachusetts, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mongolia, Montana, Nepal, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Guinea, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, North Carolina, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Pennsylvania, Peru, Primorye, Qinghai, Québec, Rhode I., Sakhalin, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Spain, Svalbard, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tennessee, Texas, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tuva, Utah, Uzbekistan, Vermont, Victoria, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yukon as per POWO;
Common name: Spike Junegrass, Spike Oatgrass, Spike trisetum

Trisetum spicatum is a species of grass known by the common name spike trisetum.
It is native to North America, Eurasia, and South America. In North America it occurs throughout northern regions, including northern sections of the United States and most all of Canada, its range continuing to Greenland. It is widespread throughout the Canadian Arctic Islands.[1]
The grass occurs in a variety of Arctic and alpine habitat types, as well as many types of mountainous habitat in regions farther south.
It is a perennial grass forming clumps of erect stems ranging in height from just a few centimeters to over one meter. The narrow leaves are mostly located around the bases of the densely clumped stems. The inflorescence is a narrow spike a few centimeters long or up to 30 to 50 centimeters in maximum length. The spikes are green to purple or brownish and shiny.(From Wikipedia on 22.4.13)

Poaceae, Cyperaceae and Juncaceae Week: Poaceae-07042013MC6 from Navidhang, Uttarakhand-MC6 : Attachments (1). 5 posts by 4 authors.
This is Trisetum spicatum, one of the highest altitude grass found upto above 5000m in the Himalayas.

Mine from Apharwat Kashmir, alt. 3400 m collected in 1974

I remember it from your photo in your article ‘The alpine grass cover of Uttaranchal’ in ‘Alpine Meadows of Uttarakhand” by Dr G.S.Rawat. Though the TP was printed from wrong side as I can see now in your picture. Thank you for reminding those formidable heights of higher Himalaya. This year hoping to trek to Barjikang Pass in July/August

Pl. do announce when you think of making the trip. Some of us may like to join. Also I have in mind to visit Ladakh after a gap of nearly 40 years, and take photographs of plants which i have only in Herbarium form. Let us see how things evolve. You may suggest appropriate route.


species Id required: 2 images.
please check out the attached images. Looking for an Id

Captured at – Madhmaheshwar Valley (UK)
Alt. 4470 m
For me, this is a Phleum species but not alpinum as it bears a quite longer inflorescence.

Check Trisetum spicatum

here I’m attaching the herbarium sheet for Trisetum spicatum /Koeleria spicata from POWO, Please check.

What do you think?

Sir, it’s tough to identify the members of Poaceae for me.

Trisetum spicatum is a very beautiful grass and is the grass found at the highest altitudes in the Himalayas. I have seen it upto 5000m altitude where it is the only vegetation in isolation along with some Christolea.

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