Poa humilis Bieb. - Low colpodium, low catabrosella.


Colpodium humilis (Bieb.) Griseb. Catabrosella humilis (Bieb.) Tzvel.

Taxonomical position.

Family Poaceae Benth., genus Catabrosella Tzvel.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial cereal. The plant forms dense tussocks. Stalks reach heights of 10-30 cm, with bulbous thickening at the base. Leaves are narrowly linear, short, 1-2 mm in width. Ligulas reach 2 mm in length. Panicle is sprawling and pyramidal, 3-8 cm in length. Branchlets are thin. Spikelets are 3-4 (5) mm in length, with 2-4 florets. The bottom floral scales have dense pubescence along the bottom veins. Blossoms in April-June. Anemophilous. 2n=10.


Occurs in the Southern and Southeastern European part of the former USSR, the Caucasus, Western Siberia, Central Asia, and Northern Iran.


Occurs in clay, in sandy and stony steppes, in alkaline and saline soils, on stony slopes and among rocks.

Use and economic value.

Fodder plant.

Literature cited:

Grossheim A.A. 1939. Flora of the Caucasus. Vol. 2. Polypodiaceae-Gramineae. Baku: Publishing house AzFaN. 587 p.
Tzvelev N.N. 1976. Cereals of the USSR. Leningrad: Nauka, 788 pages.

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