Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Drooping Bluegrass
Poa saltuensis
Family: Poaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1S2

Dry or rocky woods; also, northern hardwood forests, barrens and glades (Weakley 1998).

Species Description:
Perennial grass.

Flowering Period: Early April to late May.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Drooping bluegrass has a somewhat more "drooping" or nodding inflorescence. The basal branches of the inflorescence are either single or have 2-3 together. The lemmas are webbed as is typical of a group of the Poa species, and they are glabrous on the keel.

Timber removal would be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

Global Range:
Newfoundland south to Virginia and West Virginia, west through Pennsylvania, northeast Ohio, and northern Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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