Rough Meadow-grass - Poa trivialis


    Slightly tufted or single stemmed grass from 20 to 60 cm, without rhizomes, but with leafy stolons. Leaf sheaths of flowering stems very rough. Panicle branches mostly in spreading whorls each branch with 4 to 6 spikelets.

    Similar Species

    Poa pratensis

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    The panicle is clearly branched, with three or more branches at the lowest whorl. Spikelets contain two or more florets without awns. Lemmas easily seen extending beyond glume tips. The ligule is longer than wide and the lowest sheath is rough when gently rubbed in one direction against the lips.

    Recording advice

    Photograph of whole plant in flower, and ligule


    Meadows, woods, roadside verges and waste ground.

    When to see it

    Late May to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Abundant throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 568 of the 617 tetrads.

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