Poa Bigelovii which is also known by the common name Bigelow’s bluegrass is a species of grass.
Overview of Poa Bigelovii
• Poa Bigelovii is a monocot.
• It is found at elevations that are between 0 and 4921 feet.
It is native to:
– southwestern United States
– northwestern Mexico
• Here, it grows in shady spots.
• It is found in habitats of:
• It is an annual bunchgrass.
• It grows in small clumps.
• These clumps can grow up to a height of 40 centimeters.
• The inflorescence is a narrow and compact.
• They appear in a cylindrical series of hairy spikelets.
• These spikelets have a curly tuft of hairs.
• They appear like cobwebby fibers at their bases.
• Panicle is contracted.
• It is lanceolate and continuous.
• They are about 2–15 cm long; 0.5–1.5 cm wide.
• Primary panicle branches are appressed.
• Spikelets bear 4–5 fertile florets.
• The apex florets are diminished.
• Spikelets are ovate and laterally compressed.
• They are about 4–7 mm long.
• Floret callus is woolly.
Lepidoptera whose caterpillars use Poa as its food include:
• Agriphila inquinatella
• Cercyonis pegala
• Poanes hobomok
• Poanes zabulon
Distribution of Poa Bigelovii
• North America
• Northwest USA
• North-central USA
• Southwest USA
• South-central USA
Scientific Classification of Poa Bigelovii
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Poa
• Species : P. bigelovii
• Binomial name : Poa bigelovii
• This is an incredibly easily grown plant.
• It succeeds in well-drained soils.
• It prefers moderately fertile soil.
• It grows well in a sunny position.
• It can tolerate very acid soils.
• This plant is a very common garden weed.
• It usually does not require cultivation.
• This is an essential food plant for the caterpillars of numerous species of butterfly.
• It is seen growing in close cut lawns.
• The seed drops very readily in the plant and hence is difficult to harvest.
• But this way the seed is spread effortlessly.
• It makes the flower even more difficult to eradicate.
• A lot of the species are very important pasture plants.
• They are used extensively by grazing livestock.
• Many of the Poa species are popular for gardens as well as for landscaping in New Zealand.