Arctagrostis latifolia

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Arctagrostis latifolia (R.Br.) Griseb.

Poaceae

Life form: grass

Exposure: sun  

Moisture: wet

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

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Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

Arctagrostis latifolia is a grass.

Naming

Arctagrostis latifolia was already described and the name validly published by Robert Brown. It was August Heinrich Rudolf Grisebach, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1852.

Taxonomy

Arctagrostis latifolia is a species in the genus Arctagrostis which contains 2 species and belongs to the family of the Poaceae (Grass Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The grasses reach heights of 15 to 120 centimetres and are comparatively slow-growing and long-lived. They have a erect habit and have an upright habit and spread slowly. The main growing season is in spring and summer.

Leaves

Arctagrostis latifolia is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation. The foliage is dense in summer and porous in winter.

Flowers and Fruits

Arctagrostis latifolia produces panicles of yellow flowers from May to June.

The grasses produce only few brown caryopses in summer.

Root System

The plants form fibrous roots.

Distribution

Cultivation

The grasses prefer a sunny situation on wet soil. They prefer soil with a pH between 4,9 and 6,8 and need a soil depth of at least 61 centimetres for good growth. They need a frost-free period of at least 13 weeks.

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: soil salinity
  • low: drought, calcareous soil
  • 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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