Meadow-Foxtail

( lat. Alopecurus )

Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Alopecurus

Plant Allergy Overview

Allergenicity

Moderate

Pollen Season

Spring Summer

Type

Grass

Sub-Type

Annual

Allergy Information

The grass family in general is considered significant allergenically.


Genus Details

Meadow foxtail is a perennial grass with an erect growth habit. This plant is native to Europe and Northern Asia. Foxtails bloom June to July and is high in pollen shedding. It was cultivated as a forage grass and is high in proteins and vitamins for cattle. Generally this plant is found in fields and meadows and along roads and ditches. It grows 2 to 4 feet tall.


Pollen Description

Grains are spheroidal to ovoidal, sometimes elliptical. The exine is thin and the surface is granular to finely reticuloid. Poaceae apertures are 1-porate, with the pores usually circular to ovoidal.

Grains are 22-122 micrometers in diameter.


Genus Distribution

The shaded areas on the map indicates where the genus has been observed in the United States.

- Native, observed in a county 
- Introduced, observed in a county 
- Rarely observed


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