Poa lapponica Prokud. - Poa lapponica


P. nemoralis L. subsp. lapponica (Prokud.) Tzvel.

Systematic position.

Family Poaceae Barnhart, genus Poa L.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial, tussock-forming grass. Height reaches 30-80 cm. Leaf is a bit rough, sometimes grey-green. Lingula of upper leaves is 0.2-0.8 mm in length. Inflorescence is panicle with relatively short branches. Spikelet is 3.5-5 mm in length, often pink-violet, with bare axis. Upper floral glume has short, small acanthas on carina. Long, winding hairs are well-developed on the callus. Cross-pollinated and wind-pollinated. Flowering and ripening occur in July-August. Seed and vegetative reproduction. Chromosomal number unknown.


Occurs throughout the European region of the former USSR (Kolsky Peninsula, Karelia, Ural), Caucasia (Dagestan), and Scandinavia.


Species occurs in well-lit forests, among shrubs, on stony and sandy slopes, and among rocks up to the middle mountain zone.

Economic value.


Related references:

Cherepanov S.K. 1988. Vascular plants of Former USSR. St. Petersburg: Mir I Semia, 990 pp. (in Russian)
Fedorov A.A., ed. 1974. Flora of the European part of the USSR. Vol. 1. L.: Nauka, 404 pp. (in Russian).
Ramenskaya I.L. 1983. Analysis of flora of the Murmansk. district and Karelia. Leningrad: Nauka, 216 pp. (in Russian).
Tolmachev A.I., ed. 1964. Arctic flora of the USSR. Vol. 2. Moscow-Leningrad: Nauka, 273 pp. (in Russian)
Tzvelev N.N. 1976. Poaceae USSR. L.: Nauka, 788 pp. (in Russian).

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