Utah Valley University Herbarium


Accession # 09581 
Family - UVUAPG III FamilyCronquist FamilyA Utah Flora
Species Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene
Common name   saltgrass
Donna M. Barnes   3985  
   with K.T. Harper
Coll. Date 01 June 2004 
United States
Wayne County
Locality Cathedral Valley Overlook road, ca. 7 miles NW of Hwy 24, [North Blue Flats, along Hartnet Road, ca. 5.5 road miles N of the junction with Utah Highway 24, hills E of Dry Wash];
     Elev.: 5054 ft. (1541 m.)
Habitat Notes volcanic boulder area west of road, Atriplex-Hillaria associates. 
Climate NCDC temperatures, daily high (red), daily average (green) and daily low (blue), from 1970 to 2000 at this location.   NCDC average monthly precipitation from 1970 to 2000 at this location.
Latitude Longitude 38° 19'  25" N, 111° 6'  8" W
Datum WGS84 
Uncertainty Polygon diameter (with coordinate as origin): GPS
Georef. Notes This coordinate was obtained by a GPS unit and an error estimate was not recorded by the user. However due to the accuracy of most units, a polygon diameter between 25 and 250 meters could reasonably be assumed.


Synonyms recognized by ITIS (bold taxon is currently accepted):

     Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene

     Distichlis spicata var. borealis (J. Presl) Beetle
     Distichlis spicata var. divaricata Beetle
     Distichlis spicata var. nana Beetle
     Distichlis spicata var. stolonifera Beetle
     Distichlis spicata ssp. stricta (Torr.) Thorne
     Distichlis spicata var. stricta (Torr.) Scribn.
     Distichlis stricta (Torr.) Rydb.
     Distichlis stricta var. dentata (Rydb.) C.L. Hitchc.
     Uniola spicata L.

Common Name(s): desert saltgrass, inland saltgrass, marsh spikegrass, saltgrass, seashore saltgrass.

Taxonomic Hierarchy: (ITIS TSN=40662, click for more information and references)

        Kingdom: Plantae
            Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
                Division: Magnoliophyta
                    Class: Liliopsida
                        Subclass: Commelinidae
                            Order: Cyperales
                                Family: Poaceae
                                    Genus: Distichlis
                                        Species: Distichlis spicata


Available images of this specimen (click to view):
specimen image: 09581s1.jpg

Images of other samples of the same species:
specimen image: 01396s1.jpg 
specimen image: 02126s1.jpg 
specimen image: 03106s1.jpg 
specimen image: 04554s1.jpg 
specimen image: 05372s1.jpg 
specimen image: 09086s1.jpg 
specimen image: 11688d1.jpg 
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Nearby Accessions

Other accessions in the database collected near this one:

Accession Name Dist., dir.
09580 Asclepias labriformis      "Utah milkweed" same section
09578 Atriplex corrugata      "mat saltbush" same section
09575 Camissonia eastwoodiae      "Eastwood's suncup" same section
09577 Cleomella palmeriana      "Rocky Mountain stickweed" same section
09584 Eriogonum bicolor      "pretty wild buckwheat" 1.6 mi. S
09579 Eriogonum fusiforme      "Grand Valley desert trumpet" same section
09582 Helianthus petiolaris  subsp. fallax   "prairie sunflower" 1.6 mi. S
09583 Tetradymia glabrata      "little-leaf horsebrush" 1.6 mi. S
09576 Townsendia annua      "annual Townsend-daisy" same section


Nearby locations from the USGS Geographic Name Information System (GNIS) database:

Name County Dist., dir. Elevation (ft.) 7.5' Quad Name
North Blue Flats (Flat) Wayne County, UT 1.2 mi. W 5066  Caineville 
Red Desert (Plain) Wayne County, UT 2.1 mi. E 4922  Caineville 
Pleasant Creek (Stream) Wayne County, UT 3.4 mi. S   Deer Creek Lake 
Aldrich (Locale) Wayne County, UT 3.5 mi. S 4843  Caineville 
River Ford (Locale) Wayne County, UT 3.5 mi. S 4817  Caineville 
Deep Creek (Stream) Wayne County, UT 3.4 mi. SW   Flat Top 
Rockwater Spring (Spring) Wayne County, UT 4.5 mi. N 5427  Fruita NW 
Caineville Reef (Cliff) Wayne County, UT 4 mi. SE 4715  Caineville 
Sandy Creek (Stream) Wayne County, UT 4.2 mi. SE   Bitter Creek Divide 
The Notch (Gap) Wayne County, UT 4.2 mi. W 5374  Fruita 
Notch Water (Spring) Wayne County, UT 4.2 mi. W 5466  Fruita 
Blue Flats (Flat) Wayne County, UT 5.1 mi. SE 4918  Caineville 
Dry Wash (Valley) Wayne County, UT 4.7 mi. NW   Fruita NW 
Hartnet Draw (Valley) Wayne County, UT 5.3 mi. NE   Cathedral Mountain 
Waterpocket Fold (Cliff) Wayne County, UT 6.2 mi. SW 5732  Golden Throne 


Taxon Links for species Distichlis spicata  (L.) Greene

CalPhotos, Berkeley Digital Library Project

CNPS Manual of California Vegetation Database

USDA Plants database
University of Washington Herbarium: Plants of Washington (images)

Texas A&M University: Image Library (images)

Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center

Google Images

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