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Fernald's Bluegrass (Poa laxa ssp. fernaldiana)

  • Global Rank: T3 - Vulnerable
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Poaceae
  • State: LB, ME, NF, NH, NY, PA, QC, VT
  • Nature Serve ID: 137189
  • Lifeform: Graminoid
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

Poa fernaldiana, also known as Poa laxa spp. fernaldiana or wavy bluegrass, is a bunch grass (forms tufts not carpets) that grows between 4 and 10 inches tall. It can be confused with Poa glauca, but the two species grow in very different habitats. P. fernaldiana is only found in alpine habitats typically near the summits of mountains, whereas P. glauca is found in various other habitats. P. fernaldiana is of conservation concern because of its restricted habitat requirements and because of its small range, New England and Northeastern Canada. Also, as of 2000, there were thought to be only 20-30 occurrences total, most in Canada, and the global population size was probably declining. (Maine Natural Areas Program, 2013; NatureServe, 2018; New England Wildflower Society. 2018; USDA and NRCS, 2018)

Where is Fernald's Bluegrass (Poa laxa ssp. fernaldiana) located in the wild?

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Fernald's Bluegrass can be found in Labrador, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Vermont

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Taxon Poa laxa ssp. fernaldiana
Authority (Nannf.) Hyl.
Family Poaceae
CPC Number 9816
ITIS 525178
Duration Perennial
Common Names wavy bluegrass | Fernald's bluegrass | p√Ęturin de Fernald
Associated Scientific Names Poa fernaldiana | Poa laxa spp. fernaldiana | Poa flexuosa subsp. fernaldiana | Poa laxa var. debilior | Poa laxa subsp. fernaldiana | Poa laxa ssp. fernaldiana | Poa flexuosa ssp. fernaldiana
State Rank
State State Rank
Labrador S1S2
Maine S1
Newfoundland S1
New Hampshire S1
New York S1
Pennsylvania SNR
Quebec S2
Vermont S1
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