Poa smirnovii Roshev. - Smirnov's bluegrass.

Taxonomical position.

Family Poaceae Benth, Genus Poa L.

Morphology and biology.

Long-term cereal. The plant forms small, friable tussocks and numerous, creeping rhizomes. Stalks reach heights of 25-40 cm and are smooth. Leaves soft, flat, 3-4 mm in width. Panicle pyramidal, 5-8 cm in length, with smooth branchlets. The bottom floral scales have well-expressed veins; the bottom veins are pubescent. Blossoms in July-August. Anemophilous; apomictic. 2n=42, about 70.


Occurs in the Southeast of Western Siberia, Eastern Siberia, and Mongolia.


Occurs in alpine meadows and on stony and rubble slopes.

Use and economic value.

Fodder plant.

Literature cited:

Malyshev L.I., Peshkova G.A., eds. 1990. Flora of Siberia. Vol. 2. Poaceae (Gramineae). Novosibirsk: Nauka, 361 pages.
Malyshev L.I., Peshkova G.A., eds. 1979. Flora of Central Siberia. Vol. 1. Onocleaceae-Saxifragaceae. Novosibirsk: Nauka, 431 pages.
Tzvelev N.N. 1976. Cereals of the USSR. Leningrad: Nauka, 788 pages.

© L.L. Malyshev

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