Poa nemoralis

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Poa nemoralis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Poa
P. nemoralis
Binomial name
Poa nemoralis

Agrostis alba L.

Poa nemoralis, the wood bluegrass, is a perennial plant in the family Poaceae. The late-growing grass is fairly nutritious for livestock, which feed on it in the autumn.

It is often found in forests and grows up to half a metre tall.[1] It is generally distributed in Britain in dry woods, thickets and shady hedge banks on well drained soils. It is an introduced species in North America.

It forms loose tufts, and is of a more delicate, slender appearance than other meadow grasses.

It is slightly creeping. The leaves are narrow, tapering to a point. The ligules are short (0.5 mm).

The stem is slender, 30–60 cm high. The panicle is slender, loose and branched.

The spikelets are few and egg shaped. They have one to five flowers. It is in flower from June to August.

Because of the characteristic lamina, similar to a stretched out arm, it is sometimes called "Wegweisergras" (signpost grass) in Germany.[1]


  1. ^ a b Haeupler & Muer 2007: 672


  • Pink, A. (2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
  • Haeupler, Henning & Muer, Thomas (2007): Bildatlas der Farn- und Blütenpflanzen Deutschlands. Ulmer Verlag ISBN 978-3-8001-4990-2 (in German)
  • The Observers Book of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes. Frances Rose. pp. 46–47
  • Grasses, Ferns, Mosses and Lichens. (1980) Phillips, Roger p64

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