Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Poa leptocoma Trin.
- Family: Grass (Gramineae)
- Field Marks: This bluegrass lacks rhizomes has lemmas with a web at the base has
relatively small panicles, and has spikelets up to 1/3 inch long.
- Flowering: July-August
- Habitat: Along streams, wet meadows, bogs, high in the mountains.
- Habit: Perennial herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Spreading, often rooting at the nodes, up to 2 feet tall, smooth.
- Leaves: Elongated, narrow, flat, up to 1/6 inch wide, slightly folded at the tip, rough to the touch.
- Flowers: Borne in spikelets, with the spikelets arranged in a small panicle up to 6 inches long; spikelets 2- to 6-flowered, flattened, purplish, up to 1/3 inch long; lemmas hairy,
webbed at the base.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Grains: Ellipsoid, smooth.
- Notes: This grass is palatable to domestic livestock.
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