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Taxon: Arctagrostis latifolia (R. Br.) Griseb.

Genus: Arctagrostis
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Pooideae tribe: Poeae subtribe: Poinae
Nomen number: 3855
Place of publication: C. F. von Ledebour, Fl. ross. 4:434. 1852
Name verified on: 16-Jul-2008 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 15-May-2009
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6).
Accessions: 7 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • Arctic grass   (Source: Food Feed Crops US ) – English
  • polar grass   (Source: F NAmer ) – English   [Arctagrostis latifolia subsp. latifolia]
  • polar grass   (Source: Food Feed Crops US ) – English
  • reed polar grass   (Source: F NAmer ) – English   [Arctagrostis latifolia subsp. arundinacea]
  • Russian grass   (Source: F Svalbard ) – English
  • arctagrostis à larges feuilles   (Source: F NAmer ) – French   [Arctagrostis latifolia subsp. latifolia]

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Buryatia, Chita, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Tuva, Yakutia-Sakha, Yamal Nenets
    Mongolia: Mongolia
    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Amur, Chukchi, Kamchatka, Khabarovsk, Magadan
    Northern Europe: Finland; Norway; Svalbard and Jan Mayen
    East Europe: Russian Federation - European part [n.]
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Subarctic America: Canada - Northwest Territory, Yukon Territory; Greenland; United States - Alaska [n.]
    Eastern Canada: Canada - Ontario [n.], Quebec [n.]
    Western Canada: Canada - Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba [n.], Saskatchewan [n.]

    United States


  • Alderson, J. & W. C. Sharp. 1995. Grass varieties in the United States, U.S.D.A. Agric. Handb. 170, rev. ed.
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America.
  • Hanelt, P., ed. 2001. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6.
  • Kharkevich, S. S., ed. 1985. Vascular plants of the Russian Far East.
  • Krasnoborov, I. M., ed. 2000–. Flora of Siberia (English translation).
  • Markle, G. M. et al., eds. 1998. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2.
  • Porsild, A. E. & W. J. Cody. 1980. Vascular plants of continental Northwest Territories, Canada.
  • Rønning, O. I. 1996. The flora of Svalbard.
  • Scoggan, H. J. 1978–1979. The flora of Canada, 4 vol.
  • Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. 1964–1980. Flora europaea.
  • Tzvelev, N. N. 1976. Zlaki SSSR.
  • Welsh, S. L. 1974. Anderson's flora of Alaska and adjacent parts of Canada.


Check other web resources for Arctagrostis latifolia (R. Br.) Griseb.:


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  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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