Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Poa nevadensis Vasey ex Scribn.
- Family: Grass (Gramineae)
- Flowering: June-July
- Field Marks: This perennial bluegrass is distinguished by its lack of rhizomes, the absence of a tuft of hairs at the base of the lemmas, its unkeeled, hairless lemmas, and its ligules that are 1/10-1/4 inch long.
- Habitat: Meadows and valleys, usually in moist areas.
- Habit: Tufted perennial grass without rhizomes.
- Stems: Upright, unbranched, several in a cluster, up to 18 inches tall, without hairs.
- Leaves: Elongated, narrow, flat to folded to rolled into a tube at the tip, up to 12 inches long, up to 1/8 inch wide, without hairs; ligules 1/10-1/4 inch long.
- Flowers: Borne in 2- to 6-flowered spikelets, the spikelets 1/3-1/2 inch long, arranged in a narrow panicle up to 8 inches long; lemmas not hairy, unkeeled, up to 1/4 inch long.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Grains: Ellipsoid, smooth.
- Notes: This bluegrass is an important forage species for domestic livestock.
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