Agrostis . It is a genus of plants of the family of the poaceae, they are polyploid with great diversity of species. The name agrostis comes from the Greek and means “grass”.
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- 1 Distribution and habitat
- 2 Description
- 3 Uses and uses
- 4 Source
Distribution and habitat
It is distributed in temperate and cold regions of both hemispheres. They are also found in Northern Europe, Argentina, Brazil and North America.
Annual or perennial herbs, with intravaginal shoots, sometimes stoloniferous, extravaginal rhizomatous. Flat, conduplicate, convoluted or setaceous leaves 0.3 – 6 mm wide. Variable panicle, peduncle often poorly nailed, generally smaller or slightly exceeding the size of the spikelets. Glumes keeled and sharp, sometimes slightly obtuse.
Uses and uses
Spontaneous species in the grasslands of the Iberian Peninsula are abundant, although of little nutritional value. The forage of A. stolonifera is unappetizing for sheep and somewhat more for cattle, its average composition being: water, 15%; dry matter, 80%; crude protein, 7%; fats, 2%; fibers, 25%; ashes, 6.5%. This species is typical in the greens of golf courses, since it presents a uniform vegetal surface and low susceptibility of being degraded. The genus Agrostis includes species that, although not very productive, with a correct fertilization, can produce 2 to 3 annual cuts of a forage that admits good haymaking.