Alopecurus aequalis

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Alopecurus aequalis Sobol.

Poaceae

Life form: grass

Exposure: half shade   5

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

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Inflorescence: spike

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Commelinidae
Superordo:
Poanae
Ordo:
Poales

Alopecurus aequalis is a grass.

Naming

Alopecurus aequalis was described by Gregor Fedorovitch Sobolewsky. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Alopecurus aequalis is a species in the genus Alopecurus which contains approximately 52 to 74 species and belongs to the family of the Poaceae (Grass Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The comparatively short-lived grasses reach heights of 15 to 40 centimetres, they have a decumbent habit . The main growing season is in spring and summer.

Leaves

Alopecurus aequalis is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation. The foliage is porous.

Flowers and Fruits

Alopecurus aequalis produces spikes of green flowers from May to October.

The grasses produce brown caryopses from spring to summer.

Root System

The plants form fibrous roots.

Distribution

Alopecurus aequalis is native to the whole of Europe, Turkey, the Caucasus, West-Siberia, East Siberia, Sakhalin, the Kamtschatka Peninsula and Central Asia.

Cultivation

The grasses prefer a half-shady situation. They prefer soil with a pH between 5,5 and 8 and need a soil depth of at least 15 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5) and need a frost-free period of at least 17 weeks.

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: calcareous soil
  • low: drought
  • medium: soil salinity
  • high: anaerobic soil

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Propagate by sowing.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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