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Annual Bluegrass - Poa annua
Other Names:  Annual Meadowgrass

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Perennial bunchgrass. Stems usually decumbent, 5–20 cm long. Leaves: blades 1–3 mm wide; ligules 0.5–3 mm long. Inflorescence usually a pyramidal panicle 2–6 cm long. Spikelets 3–5 mm long. Lemmas distinctly keeled, conspicuously hairy at least at base along the midrib (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Introduced throughout all of North America (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 23

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Brey, C.W. 1998. Epidemiology of wheat curl mite (Aceria tosichella K.) and wheat streak mosaic virus on feral grass species and effect of glyphosate on wheat curl mite dispersal. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 136 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.
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