Poa palustris

Family (Traditional)Poaceae
Species:Poa palustris L.
Common NameFowl Bluegrass
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Moisture Requirements: Mesic-Hydric; Moisture Requirements: Hydric; Moisture Requirements: Wetland; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Brown (incl. Maroon); Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Caryopsis; Fruit Type: Grain; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Perianth Present: No; Placentation Type: Parietal; Placentation Type: Basal; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value
StatusNative; AGCP (FAC), EMP (FACW) (NWPL); TN[S1] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Poa crocata Poa crocata Michx.
Poa eyerdamii Poa eyerdamii Hultén
Poa glauca var. crocata Poa glauca var. crocata (Michx.) M.E. Jones
Poa janczewskii Poa janczewskii Zapal.
Poa laevis Poa laevis
Poa palustris var. strictula Poa palustris var. strictula (Steud.) Hack.
Poa rotundata Poa rotundata Trin.
Poa serotina Poa serotina
Poa strictula Poa strictula Steud.
Poa triflora Poa triflora Gilib.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Henry (KY), Knox (KY), Unicoi (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: EKY, MTSU, SWMT, TENN, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1963 - 1986

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31234100144383 Henry Kentucky 05 May 1963 J. L. Gentry Jr.
Poa palustris
TENN-V-0033639 Henry Kentucky
Poa palustris
MTSU003702 Knox Kentucky 26 May 1986 Landon E. McKinney
Poa palustris
TENN-V-0244135 Unicoi Tennessee
Poa palustris
UCHT035857 Henry Kentucky
Poa palustris
SWMT00840 Tennessee A. F. W.
Poa crocata
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