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Common name

English: Annual bluegrass, Annual meadow grass

German: Einjähriges Rispengras

Portuguese: Cabelo-de-cão


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Cyperales (91)

        Family: Poaceae (72)(family description)

          Genus: Poa (1)

            Epithet: annua L. (4)

Synonyms: Aira pumila Pursh, Catabrosa pumila (Pursh) Roem. & Schult., Ochlopoa annua (L.) H.Scholz, Poa aestivalis J.Presl, Poa algida Trin., Poa bipollicaris Hochst., Poa hohenackeri Trin., Poa meyenii Nees & Meyen, Poa ovalis Tineo, Poa puberula Steud., Poa royleana Nees ex Steud.

aestivalis => pertaining to summer, flowering in summer

annua => yearly, annual, lasting a year, within a year

hohenackeri => in honor of Rudolph Friedrich Hohenacker (1798-1874), Swiss-German botanist and missionary

ovalis => oval, egg-shaped; elliptic, but broader at the base

pumila => short, very small, low, small, dwarf


Climate: temperate, sub-tropical, tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: green

External links

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World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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