Poa Cusickii which is also called Cusick’s bluegrass is a species of grass.
Overview of Poa Cusickii
• It is native to:
– western North America
– from Yukon
– to Colorado
– to eastern California
– North America: Subarctic
– western Canada
– northwest USA
– north-central USA
– southwest USA
• Here, it grows in various habitats.
• It includes:
– high mountain meadows
– sagebrush scrub
• It is a perennial bunch grass.
• It is a moncot.
• It grows into dense and large clumps.
• It can grow up to a height of 60 centimeters.
• The leaves are narrow.
• They are firm.
• They appear rolled sometimes along the edges.
• In the centre of the stem, one can find the longest leaves.
• The inflorescence is dense.
• It has overlapping branches.
• In all, they bear about 100 spikelets.
• These spikelets comprise of about 3–5 fertile florets.
• The apex bears diminished florets.
• These florets are laterally compressed.
• They are of about 5–8 mm in length.
• This grass is dioecious.
• It implies that there are male and female individuals which lead to flowering.
• The plant usually reproduces vegetatively.
• They belong to Pooideae subfamily of the Poaceae family.
Lepidoptera whose caterpillars use Poa as its food include:
– Agriphila inquinatella
– Cercyonis pegala
– Poanes hobomok
– Poanes zabulon
Scientific Classification of Poa Cusickii
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Poa
• Species : P. cusickii
• Binomial name : Poa cusickii
• 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.