Poa sylvicola Guss. - Forest bluegrass.

Taxonomical position.

Family Poaceae Benth, Genus Poa L.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial cereal. The plant forms friable tussocks and short, thick rhizomes. Stalks smooth, 50-120 cm tall. Leaves flat, sharply rough on the upper sides. Panicle pyramidal, 6-20 cm in length, branchlets very thin. Spikelets 2.5-4.5 mm in length. The bottom floral scales are 1.5-3 mm in length. Blossoms in May-August. Anemophilous. 2n=14.


Occurs in the Southern European part of the former USSR, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Iran, and Afghanistan.


Occurs in inundated meadows, in crude lawns, in woods, and on reservoir banks.

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 pages.
Shelyag-Sosonko Yu.R., ed. 1977. Cereals of Ukraine. Kiev: Naukova Dumka, 518 p.
Tzvelev N.N. 1976. Cereals of the USSR. Leningrad: Nauka, 788 pages.

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