FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Poa glauca, Glaucous Meadow-grass

Poa glauca; Glaucous Meadow-grass is a very common plant on Iceland. It grows in almost every region in gravelly soils and rocky grounds. It can be found from lowlands to high altitudes in the mountains. The panicle's and flowering stems are purplish - like the Wavy Meadow-grass (Poa flexuosa). They can be distinguished by the stiffer panicle's in P. glauca where these stems are usually drooping and softer in P. flexuosa. A more decisive difference concerns the shape of the glume's in the spikelet's (requires magnifying glass): they are sharply keeled in P. glauca and broadly rounded in P. flexuosa.
It is a member of the grass family gramineae also known as Poaceae.

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A brief introduction to common Iceland plants
Text & Photographs by Dick Vuijk
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Photo of a single panicle of the Glaucus Meadow-grass
reload original photo of a couple of culms