Poa Palustris which is also known as swamp meadow-grass is a species of meadow grass.
Overview of Poa Palustris
• Poa palustris has other common names:
– fowl bluegrass
– fowl meadow grass
– woodland bluegrass
• This grass is a native to:
– Northern America
• This plant serves as:
– for erosion control
• Waterfowl feed on this grass.
• This plant is of group: Monocot
• This plant is of Family: Poaceae
• This plant is of Duration: Perennial
• This plant is of Growth Habit: Graminoid
– Shores of rivers or lakes
– Wetland margins
Characteristics of Poa Palustris
• The plant has a leaf blade which has a width of about 1.5–8 mm.
• This species has inflorescence that is branched.
• The plant has a Spikelet length of about 3–5 mm.
• The glume has no awn.
• Leaf sheath is of hair type.
• The plant has a Leaf ligule length of about 1–6 mm.
• The plant has a Anther length of about 1.3–1.8 mm.
• 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 Palustris
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Genus : Poa
• Species : P. palustris
• Binomial name : Poa palustris
• 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.