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  • Ms. Wall notes that at some remote point in the past — it's not clear when — ancient forests and canebrakes were cleared and the good soil seeded with Poa pratensis, or bluegrass, which is not blue but is very good fodder.

    Behind the Bluegrass

  • One of the big floral letdowns of the summer is the goat's-beard (Tragopogon pratensis) – just now showing promise in waysides and meadows.

    Country diary: North Derbyshire

  • The bottom of the valleys and plains are dominated by cebada silvestre (Hordeum comosum), with Alopecurus antarticus, Phleum conmutatus, Poa pratensis, Agrosti sp ..

    Patagonian grasslands

  • Characteristic plants of the meadowed steppe are: Poa pratensis, Phleum phleoides, Calamagrostis epigeios, Lathyrus pisiformis, Filipendula hexapetala, Artemisia sericea, and Lathyrus tuberosus.

    Kazakh forest steppe

  • Another water-loving species, Ceruana pratensis, was also found within the pelvic contents in a charred and digested state, while the stems and flowers of the same plant were recovered dessicated only, indicating they had come from a higher level in the original arrangement of the grave.

    Interactive Dig Hierakonpolis - The Elite Cemetery: Week 7, Part 2

  • _ A species of crow-foot, or ranunculus, growing plentifully in pastures; _ranunculus pratensis.

    The Dialect of the West of England; Particularly Somersetshire

  • The author just quoted cites examples of this kind in _Cardamine pratensis_, _Hedera Helix_, _Plantago major_, _Geranium nodosum_.

    Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants

  • This ground was notorious for the brawls and tumults which went on in it day and night; it was a “hydra” to the poor monks of Saint-Germain—Quod monachis Sancti Germani pratensis hydra fuit, clericis nova semper dissidionum capita suscitantibus.

    I. Delirium. Book IX

  • Poa compressa; pratensis; trivialis.podocarpus. poinsettia. polemoniums.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition)

  • June-grass or Kentucky blue-grass (_Poa pratensis_), not Canada blue-grass (_Poa compressa_).

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition)

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  • The word "pratensis" means "from or of the meadow" in Latin, according to the Oxford Latin Dictionary.

    June 8, 2012