Swallenia

Swallenia

Swallenia is a monotypic genus containing the single species of grass Swallenia alexandrae, which is known by the common names Eureka dunegrass and Eureka Valley dune grass. This is a rare plant endemic to Inyo County, California, where it is found in a few isolated spots around the Eureka Valley Sand Dunes. This is a tufted perennial grass which grows in sand from thick rhizomes. It is a stiff, sharp-leafed grass with erect pale-colored panicle inflorescences. The main threat to the species survival has been off-roading, which is no longer permitted in its habitat. This genus was named for twentieth-century botanist Jason Richard Swallen.

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