Wood bluegrass (Poa nemoralis)

Wood bluegrass Description: Nutritious for livestock, which feed on it in autumn months.

Habit: Grows 30-80 cm in height. Forms loose tufts and is more delicate and slender in appearance than other grasses.

Leaves: Dark green, lance shaped, sheath open 3/4 length to near base; ligule less than 0.5 mm, minutely scabrous, truncate, blade 1.5-4mm wide, soft, generally flat, abruptly spreading, barely prow-tipped.

Stems: Slender, leafy, 30-80 cm high, green to ligh brown at maturity. Panicle is slender, loose, and branched.

Flowers: Small individual flowers encased in bracts called lemmas. Attached to the long stem by a shorter stem. Flowers are smaller than 1/24 in and change from green to light brown at maturity.

Fruit and seeds: Contains many simple seeds. Florets grow outward along the stem in dense clusters. Each floret is a long, elliptical container encased by lemmas and coming to a sharp point. Mature florets break open to release seeds.

Habitat: Native to Eurasia. Grows well in disturbed sites, forest edges and clearings, old homesites, rock ledges and bluffs.

Reproduction: By seed.

Similar species: Other species of Poa.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the French Hill Pond Field Plants, Jepson Herbarium and Wikipedia.

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Common Name:

Wood bluegrass

Scientific Name:

Poa nemoralis







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