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Last updated 5/21/2009 by David Giblin.
Dactylis glomerata L.[FNA24, HC, HC2]
orchard grass

Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 71. 1753.

Origin: Introduced

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA24: "Dactylis glomerata grows in pastures, meadows, fence rows, roadsides, and similar habitats throughout North America. Native to Eurasia and Africa, it has been introduced throughout most of the cool-temperate regions of the world as a forage grass. It provides nutritious forage that is relished by all livestock, as well as by deer, geese, and rabbits. When abundant, the pollen can be a major contributor to hay fever.

The species includes both diploid and tetraploid populations. Although several infraspecific taxa have been described, based generally on the size of the stomata and pollen, variation in pubescence, and panicle features, formal taxonomic recognition does not seem warranted. Numerous cultivars have been developed for agricultural use."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Dactylis glomerata L. var. ciliata Peterm.
Dactylis glomerata L. var. detonsa Fr.
Dactylis glomerata L. var. vivipara Parl.