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|Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Habit: Annual, perennial herb; some +- dioecious. Stem: 0.3--12 dm. Leaf: sheath open most of length to closed (best observed on upper stem leaf); ligule thin, flexible, without a rim of hairs; blade grooved above on both sides of midvein, flat, folded, or inrolled, generally smooth or scabrous on veins, generally prow-tipped. Inflorescence: panicle-like; branches appressed to drooping. Spikelet: generally compressed, breaking between florets; glumes 2, +- equal, generally < lowest lemma, awnless; florets generally 2--6; callus indistinct, often with obvious tuft of long cobwebby hairs; lemma generally keeled to base, like glumes, awnless, veins generally 5, hairy or glabrous, upper margins thin-membranous; palea well developed, keel generally scabrous. Flower: generally bisexual, sometimes pistillate and/or staminate; fertile anthers 0.2--4.5 mm; ovary glabrous; fruit firm.
Species In Genus: +- 500 species: temperate and cool regions. Etymology: (Greek: ancient name applied to various grasses, fodder plants) Note: California is center of diversity in North America. Spikelet data recorded from lowest florets of spikelet at 25 ×.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert J. Soreng
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to PoaPrevious taxon: Pleuropogon refractus
Next taxon: Poa abbreviata
Citation for this treatment: Robert J. Soreng 2016. Poa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=11145, accessed on February 14, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 14, 2016.