Lolium perenne L. - Perennial Rye Grass, English Rye Grass

Lolium perenne plant

Family - Poaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Lolium perenne nodeNode.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Lolium perenne auricleAuricle.

Lolium perenne liguleLigule.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Lolium perenne spikeletsSpikelets close-up.

Flowering - May - August.

Habitat - Pastures, disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads. Widely cultivated.

Origin - Native to Europe.

Other info. - This species can be found scattered throughout Missouri. The plant is cultivated nearly worldwide for forage grass and as a ground cover in disturbed areas. It is commonly known as "Rye Grass." This is an easy species to identify because of the feather-like appearance of its inflorescence. The leaves of young plants are bright green and shine in sunlight.
L. perenne is a variable species in respect to its life cycle. Perennial and annual varieties exist. Annual plants are variety aristatum Willd.
Perennial plants are variety perenne.

Photographs taken in Van Buren, MO., 5-26-03.


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