Poa nemoralis Linn., Sp. Pl. 1:69. 1753. Boiss., Fl. Or. 5:607.1884; Stapf in Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:341.1896; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 2:187.1959; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 558.1960; Bor in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 70:44.1970; Tzvelev, Poaceae URSS 468.1976; Edmondson in Tutin et al., Fl. Eur. 5:164.1980.
Loosely tufted perennial without rhizomes; culms (15-)30-70(90)cm high, erect or spreading. Leaf-blades flat, 5-12cm long, 1-3mm wide, flaccid, finely to abruptly pointed, smooth on the margins, smooth or faintly scaberulous on the surfaces; ligule truncate, up to 1mm long. Panicle narrowly ovate, 5-10 (-20) cm long, lax, nodding; branches 2-5 at the lower nodes, ascending or spreading, capillary, flexuous, scaberulous. Spikelets 2-5-flowered, lanceolate to ovate or oblong, 3-6 mm long, green; glumes subequal, 3-nerved, the lower lanceolate, ± subulate in side-view, 2-3mm long, the upper broader, 2.5-3.5mm long; lemmas oblong to lanceolate-oblong in side-view, 2.6-3.6 mm long, blunt, ciliate on the keel and marginal nerves, woolly at the base; palea about as long as the lemma, minutely scabrid along the keels; anthers 1.3-2 mm long.
Fl. & Fr. Per.: June-August.
Type locality: Europe.
Distribution: Pakistan (Punjab, N.W.F.P., Gilgit & Kashmir); widespread in Europe and temperate Asia; North America.
Wood Meadow-grass is a common species in the Himalayas and is quite tolerant of shade, 1300-4000m.