Panarctic Flora


342207 Festuca brachyphylla Schult.


Kanin - Pechora: Rare
Svalbard - Franz Joseph Land: Rare
Polar Ural - Novaya Zemlya: Scattered
Yamal - Gydan: Frequent
Taimyr - Severnaya Zemlya: Frequent
Anabar - Onenyo: Frequent
Kharaulakh: Frequent
Yana - Kolyma: Frequent
West Chukotka: Frequent
Wrangel Island: Frequent
South Chukotka: Frequent
East Chukotka: Frequent
Western Alaska: Scattered
Northern Alaska - Yukon: Frequent
Central Canada: Frequent
Hudson Bay - Labrador: Frequent
Ellesmere Island: Scattered
Western Greenland: Frequent
Eastern Greenland: Frequent
Polar desert: Rare
Northern arctic Tundra: Frequent
Mid Arctic Tundra: Frequent
Southern Arcti Tundra: Frequent
Shrub Tundra: Frequent
Bordering boreal or alpine areas: Frequent

2n= 42 (6x). - Europe (N), Siberia (N), Far East (N), Alaska, Canada, U.S.A., Greenland. - Numerous reports.
Not included: There are reports of 2n = 28 from Kolguev in northeastern European Russia and from Tiksi in northern Yakutia under the name F. brevifolia (Sokolovskaya and Strelkova 1960). We do not know what taxon or taxa they refer to. Control of vouchers is needed.

Geography: Circumpolar-alpine: NOR RUS SIB RFE ALA CAN GRL.

Notes: Even after separation of Festuca edlundiae and F. hyperborea, this is a polymorphic species. Two additional local Greenlandic plants have been described as F. groenlandica (see below) and F. jensenii. Festuca jensenii was described from one locality in southwestern Greenland (Jensens Nunataker; Gjærevoll and Ryvarden 1978). It is, in our opinion and that of Soreng et al. (2003), just a pallid F. brachyphylla. Similar pallid forms occur in many places and are without taxonomic significance. Ryvarden commented on this name and the other new names for plants on Jensens Nunatakker that "they went immediately into synonymy".

Higher Taxa