Poa Bolanderi which is also known by the common name Bolander’s bluegrass is a species of grass.
Overview of Poa Bolanderi
• It is native to:
– Western North America
– British Columbia to Utah to California
• It belongs to mountain habitat with:
– Pine forests
– fir forests
– Red Fir Forest
– North Coastal Coniferous Forest
– Douglas-Fir Forest
– Foothill Woodland
• It is found on elevation that is between 5000 and 10000 feet.
• It is an annual grass.
• It is a monocot.
• They belong to Pooideae subfamily of the Poaceae family.
• This species grow in clumps.
• This grass can grow up to a height of 60 centimeters.
• The inflorescence is seen on the 10 to 15 centimeters of the top of the stem.
• It is narrow in flower.
• The branches are appressed.
• They grow parallel to the stem.
• The branches are seen spreading out with the development of fruit.
• The branches become perpendicular to the stem.
• It appears nodding or drooping.
• The branches also bear sparse spikelets.
The species is:
• Annual to bamboo-like
• Roots are generally fibrous
• Stems are round and hollow.
• Leaves are alternate.
• Leaves sheath is open.
Lepidoptera whose caterpillars use Poa as its food include:
• Agriphila inquinatella
• Cercyonis pegala
• Poanes hobomok
• Poanes zabulon
Scientific Classification of Poa Bolanderi
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Poa
• Species : P. bolanderi
• Binomial name : Poa bolanderi
• 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.