Early Meadow-grass - Poa infirma

    Description

    In the field Poa infirma is a little more slender than Poa annua, but the real character that picks out plants to look at in more detail is its light green colour. Anthers provide the best diagnostic characters.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters – it would be wise to retain a specimen of this species in case it is required.

    Habitat

    Most often found growing near the sea in open, trampled grassland, on cliff-top paths, tracksides, picnic sites, lawns and car parks, and in stabilised dunes and other sandy places, but more recently has been recorded inland.

    When to see it

    This species may flower as early as January to April and some populations may have disappeared before most botanists are recording.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    This species has experienced a very considerable extension of range including more inland records.

    VC55 Status

    New to Leicestershire and Rutland in 2019.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map