FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Poa pratensis, Smooth Meadow-grass

Poa pratensisa; Smooth Meadow-grass is common on Iceland both in lowlands and highlands where plant growth-conditions are favourable. Meadow-grasses, actually grasses in general, can be difficult to identify. One needs a magnifying glass to inspect details, especially details of the spikelets. The Smooth Meadow-grass is a very variable species tha can be 10 to 90 cm tall. It has creeping stems growing in the soil from where new stems grow upwards. Both upper leaves and glumes of the spikes can be lightly bluish coloured.
It is a member of the grass family (Poaceae, also known as Gramineae).

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A brief introduction to common Iceland plants
Text & Photographs by Dick Vuijk
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Spikelets of the Smooth Meadow-grass
Leaf of the Smooth Meadow-grass showing lack of ligule between sheath and blade
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