Poa tolmatchewii Roshev. - Tolmachyov's bluegrass.

Taxonomical position.

Family Poaceae Benth, Genus Poa L.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial cereal. The plant forms dense tussocks. Stalks are smooth, 10-25 cm tall. Leaves green, soft, flat or grouped lengthwise, 1-2 mm in width. Ligulas up to 1.5 mm in length. Panicles pyramidal; branchlets smooth. Spikelets up to 5 mm in length. The bottom floral scales on veins and in the bottom part between veins are pubescent. Blossoms in June-July. Anemophilous. 2n=56, 70.


Endemic to the arctic and sub-arctic areas of Siberia and the Far East.


Occurs on stony slopes.

Use and economic value.

Fodder plant.

Literature cited:

Kharkevich S.S., ed. 1985. Vascular Plants of the Soviet Far East. Vol.1. Leningrad: Nauka, 398 pages.
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.
Tolmatchev A.I., ed. 1964. The Arctic Flora of the USSR. Vol. 2. Family Gramineae. Moscow-Leningrad, Nauka, 273 p. (In Russian).
Tzvelev N.N. 1976. Cereals of the USSR. Leningrad: Nauka, 788 pages.

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