Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Poa juncifolia Scribn.
- Family: Grass (Gramineae)
- Flowering: May-July
- Field Marks: This species is similar to Nevada bluegrass (P. nevadensis) in lacking rhizomes, lacking tufted hairs at the base of the lemmas, and having unkeeled lemmas. It differs by its much shorter ligules and slightly shorter spikelet
- Habitat: Alkaline meadows, from valleys to mountains.
- Habit: Tufted perennial grass without rhizomes.
- Stems: Upright, unbranched, up to 2 feet tall, without hairs.
- Leaves: Elongated, narrow, rolled up into a tube, up to 8 inches long, up to 1/10 inch wide, without hairs: ligules less than 1/8 inch long.
- Flowers: Borne in 2- to 5-flowered spikelets, the spikelets 1/4-1/3 inch long, arranged in a narrow panicle up to 6 inches long; lemmas sometimes minutely hairy but not with a tuft of hairs at the base, unkeeled, up to 1/4 inch long.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Grains: Ellipsoid, smooth.
- Notes: This species has been reported from New Mexico.
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