Cinna (plant)

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woodreeds
Cinna arundinacea.jpg
Cinna arundinacea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Pooideae
Genus: Cinna
L.[1]
Type species
Cinna arundinacea
L.
Synonyms[2]
  • Blyttia Fr. 1839, illegitimate homonym not Arn. 1838 nor Endl. 1840
  • Cinnastrum E.Fourn.

Cinna is a small genus of grasses known by the common name woodreeds. There are only four known species but they are quite widespread in the Americas and northern Eurasia.[3][4][5]

Woodreeds are perennial grasses with long, soft panicle inflorescences. They are found in moist areas, especially near bodies of water.[6][7]

Species[2][8]
  1. Cinna arundinacea - sweet woodreed, stout woodreed - eastern Canada, eastern + central United States
  2. Cinna bolanderi - Bolander's woodreed - central California (Fresno, Tulare, Mariposa Cos)
  3. Cinna latifolia - drooping woodreed - northern Eurasia from Norway to Japan + Magadan; Canada incl Arctic territories; northern + western United States
  4. Cinna poiformis - Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia
formerly included[2]

species now considered better suite to other genera: Agrostis Andropogon Arctagrostis Calamagrostis Dichelachne Echinopogon Limnodea Muhlenbergia Pogonatherum Sporobolus

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