Puccinellia banksiensis Consaul

, Novon 18(1): 17 (16-20; figs. 1-2) (2008).
IPNI Life Sciences Identifier (LSID)
Novon; a Journal for Botanical Nomenclature. St. Louis, MO
18(1): 17 (16-20; figs. 1-2)
Date of Publication
27 Feb 2008
Family as entered in IPNI

Type Information

Collector Team
L. L. Consaul, L. J. Gillespie & H. Bickerton 2810
Banks Island, S shore of unnamed lake 2.5 km S of Masik River
Collection Date
19 Jul 2003
Type Herbaria
holotype CAN
isotype ALA
isotype MO
isotype MTMG
isotype O
71° 35' N
123° 8' W
Distribution Of Types
Northwest Territories (Subarctic America, Northern America)


This diploid species is most similar to the Russian and Alaskan tetraploid P. hauptiana (Trinius ex V. I. Krecznetowicz) Kitagawa, from which it differs by having dense panicles with erect branches and palea keels with curly hairs in the proximal half; to the Siberian species P. neglecta (Tzvelev) Bubnova, which is larger with less dense inflorescences and wider leaves; and to the circumpolar hexaploid P. angustata (R. Br.) E. L. Rand & Redfield, from which it differs by having smaller spikelets and florets. It differs from other Puccinellia Parlatore species on Banks Island and the northern coast of Alaska by having lemmas shorter than 2.7 mm with scabrous apical margins and anthers shorter than 0.9 mm. Although morphology suggests a close relationship with P. angustata, P. hauptiana, and P. neglecta, genetic evidence suggests it is a distinct species. It is local and rare, and grows in low-elevation, Dryas L.–dominated tundra beside coastal lakes. (vide abstract).