Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Elymus elymoides -- (Squirrel-Tail Grass)

photos by Susan McDougall


Elymus elymoides

Named for the brushy mature panicle, the "tail" is composed of long awns. There are two subspecies. The photo shows brevifolius, the less frequently encountered. Here it is seen growing on rocks on Mount Fremont.

Location: Fremont Peak, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 17, 2016

Author: Susan McDougall
Fremont Peak, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9337, -121.6753, 7166
Date: August 17, 2016
Elymus elymoides

The leaf blades are wide, but the plants are low and somewhat tufted. This is subspecies brevifolius, growing at the summit of Mount Fremont on the northeast side of the Park.

Location: Mount Fremont, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 17, 2016

Author: Susan McDougall
Mount Fremont, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9337, -121.6753, 7166
Date: August 17, 2016
Elymus elymoides

The spikelets are cylindrical and rotated to face the axis. This is subspecies elymoides.

Location: Dege Peak, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 9, 2016

Author: Susan McDougall
Dege Peak, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9184, -121.6106, 6981
Date: August 9, 2016
Elymus elymoides

Subspecies elymoides grows vigorously in a protected area on the summit of Dege Peak. Both subspecies are high elevation plants, with elymoides observed at 8,500 feet.

Location: Dege Peak, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 9, 2016

Author: Susan McDougall
Dege Peak, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9184, -121.6106, 6981
Date: August 9, 2016

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