Poa annua L.

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Poa annua

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Poa annua

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Common names: Annual meadow grass (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Introduced
Erect or decumbent annual (very rarely perennial), 5–30 cm. Leaves: ligule 2–3 mm; lamina 1.5–10 × 0.1–0.5 cm, flat, keeled, often transversely wrinkled. Panicle 1–8 cm, ± triangular; branches usually 2 together, often becoming reflexed after flowering. Spikelets 3–5 mm, 3–5-flowered, lanceolate; lower glume ovate or lanceolate, 1-veined; upper 3-veined; lemma ovate, 5-veined, margin and apex broadly hyaline.
Derivation of specific name: annua: annual
Habitat: A weed of flower beds and lawns, but outside the E Highlands only in places which are watered through the dry season.
Altitude range: (metres) 1240 - 2270 m
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Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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African Plant Database: Poa annua
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Poa annua
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Poa annua
Tropicos: Poa annua
West African Plants database: Poa annua

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Poa annua.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103630, retrieved 29 May 2016

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