Day 5 – Poa annua

Another day spent inside due to my cold (it’s getting better though, hurrah!) and I need to do some life admin that requires me to be indoors. So, my species is one seen the other day whilst on my plant hunt.

What? Annual Meadow-grass Poa annua L.

When? 2nd January 2020. Recorded and submitted as part of NYPH.

Where? Burton Drive, Poynton, Cheshire, VC58, UK.

Who saw it? Me

Is it larger than a blackbird? No, not really. Not the ones I saw at least.

What is it? An annual grass species. Common in meadows, as the English name suggests, and also a constituent of garden lawns.

Fact I learned about this species: It is very successful, it has even thrived in sub-antarctic islands. Also the genus name Poa means fodder.

This is me holding one against a lamp-post, exciting isn’t it?! (Photo: Alex Cropper)

Is it charismatic? No, oh god no. It’s one of the most boring grasses in existence, and grasses themselves as a whole are pretty boring. I’m no idea why I even picked this one to write about, I mean I barely wrote about it to be honest, not much I could find out really. I was actually going to go for a Bullfinch today but thought against it at the last minute as I’d done a bird yesterday. Still; it does/did feed a lot of livestock so in a way it’s also fed us down down the centuries.

Published by Alex Cropper

Hi, I'm Alex and I'm currently a conservationist based near Stockport, England. I have spent a few years working in nature conservation mostly on islands and random places around the UK.

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