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A common grass of woodland edges and rides with a preference of damp, shady conditions.



Rough Meadow-grass: take the rough with the smooth

Post date: Sunday, 9 August, 2015 - 00:00

I can understand why people, including me, struggle to identify grasses. They are something of a specialist subject but grass is with us everywhere we look it seems and any significant vegetative or habitat survey is going to include grass; there is no escape! Once you start you find that grass is not just dull and green but quite attractive and interesting.

Rough Meadow-grass (Poa trivialis) is very, very similar to smooth meadow-grass so how do you tell them apart? Apart from what might seem obvious, one has slightly rough leaf sheaths and the other has smooth the books say rough meadow-grass has slightly paler leaves than smooth. That is fine seen side by side but not much help otherwise.

The saving grace here is that rough meadow-grass is not really a grass of meadows at all, it likes damp, shady places and is often found along woodland rides and woodland fringes. Smooth meadow-grass is definitely a grass found in meadows and dry, grassy places. Armed with knowledge of the different habitat preferences, a quick run of the fingers along the leaf and you are home and dry! Good luck ...


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Rough Meadow-grass
Scientific Name Poa trivialis
Interest Level
Species Family Grasses
Preferred Environment
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Additional Identification Notes
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This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
GN: Neutral Grassland Associated
W1: Broad-leaf Woodland Associated