Poa Nemoralis which is also known as wood meadow-grass or Wood bluegrass is a species of meadow grass.
Overview of Poa Nemoralis
• This is a late-growing grass.
• It is used by livestock.
• This is fairly nutritious for a feed for them in the autumn.
• It is often seen in forests.
• It can grow up to a height of 1/2 a meter.
• It is distributed in Britain.
It is found in:
– dry woods
– shady hedge banks
– well drained soils
• In northern USA, it is an introduced species.
• It forms loose tufts.
• It is more delicate.
• It has a slender appearance when compared to other meadow grasses.
• It is slightly creeping.
• This species have narrow leaves.
• They are tapering to a point.
• The ligules are short.
• They are about 0.5 mm.
• The stem is slender.
• It can grow up to a height of 30–60 cm.
The panicle is:
• The spikelets are less.
• They are egg shaped.
• They have 1-5 flowers.
• They flower from June to August.
• 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 Nemoralis
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Poa
• Species : P. nemoralis
• Binomial name : Poa nemoralis
• 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.