Poa alpina

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Poa alpina
Poa alpina - Oslo botanical garden - IMG 8894.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Poa
Species: P. alpina
Binomial name
Poa alpina

Poa alpina, commonly known as alpine meadow-grass[1] or alpine bluegrass,[2] is a species of meadow grass.

It is noted for being viviparous: Its seeds are evolved to germinate while still connected to the parent plant, in order to give them a safe head start.[3]

The second track on Norwegian ambient musician Biosphere's album Substrata is called Poa Alpina.


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007" (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Poa alpina". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Simon Pierce; Clare M. Stirling; Robert Baxter. "Pseudoviviparous Reproduction of Poa alpina...During Long-term Exposure to Elevated Atmospheric CO2" (PDF). 

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Poa alpina shows vivipary: the seeds germinate while still attached to the mother plant.