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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis   FAMILY Poaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-15-013:
Poa pratensis   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Poa pratensis

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Poa pratensis

 

COMMON NAME:
Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass


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image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

JK Marlow    jkm200502_4560

May    Greenville County    SC

Tall Pines Wildlife Management Area

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

JK Marlow    jkm210507_0564

May    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Panicle's lowermost branches usually in a whorl of 5, naked below, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

JK Marlow    jkm210507_0568

May    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Lower lemma mid- & marginal veins finely hairy, intermediate veins hairless, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

JK Marlow    jkm210507_0569

May    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

JK Marlow    jkm210507_0573

May    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Spikelets crowded, lemmas copiously webbed at base, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_pratensis_prat_1

May    Catawba County    NC

Panicle pyramidal or oblong-pyramidal, open, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_pratensis_prat_4735

May    Catawba County    NC

image of Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass, Junegrass, Speargrass

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_pratensis_prat_5120

May    Iredell County    NC

Spikelets 3-5 flowered, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-15-013:
Poa pratensis   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Poa pratensis

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Poa pratensis

 

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1107

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Non-native: Europe

Common (rare in GA Coastal Plain)

Habitat: Lawns, roadsides, disturbed areas, and widely naturalized in more natural forests, woodlands, and wetlands, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Bisexual

Inflorescence a panicle, usually dense

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain red
Grain

 

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