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.
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.