Poa poiformis (Labill.) Druce

Blue Tussock-grass

Bot. Exch. Club Soc. Brit. Isles 1916: 640 (1917) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, to c. 1 m high. Leaves usually stiffly erect and sharp-tipped, sometimes exceeding the inflorescence, often somewhat glaucous; sheath pale, or rarely purplish, glabrous, smooth to minutely scabrous; blade usually closely inrolled and 0.5–1.5 mm diam. less often loosely inrolled or folded, to 2 mm wide when flattened, entirely smooth to slightly finely scabrous on the outer surface, scabrous to shortly pubescent on the inner surface; ligule truncate, firmly membranous, c. 0.5 mm long. Inflorescence usually a narrow, rather dense panicle, to c. 30 cm long and occasionally looser and the lower branches widely spreading. Spikelets 2–7-flowered, 5–8 mm long, green or straw-coloured; glumes 3-nerved (or the lower occasionally 1-nerved), the upper slightly longer than lower and equal to or slightly longer than the lowest lemma; lemma 5-nerved, rather narrow 3–6 mm long, conspicuously hairy along keel and lateral nerves below midway, occasionally with some hairs on the lower internerves, very rarely almost glabrous; web usually well-developed. Blue Tussock-grass.

Brid, EGL, GipP, Glep, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro.

2 varieties in Victoria.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Poa
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Poa poiformis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Poa poiformis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory