West Highland Flora

Wood Small-reed


Calamagrostis epigejos

 

Calamagrostis epigejos

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Jul 2003 Suardal, Skye

Rare in alkaline grassland or limestone rock crevices

Spikelets c 5-7 mm long

ID: Looks rather like a Reed at first glance, but told at once from the Reed by its long ligule.  Spikelet has 2 long narrow, almost equal, glumes, longer than any other part of the spikelet.  Inside the glumes are a large number of long white hairs arising from the base and about 3/4 as long as the glumes.  The lemma is hidden in these hairs and is only about half the length of the glumes.  Anthers open up and give pollen (if they do not, suspect C purpurea)

Other features: Ligule 4-12 mm long (Reed just has a row of hairs for a ligule).  Spikelets very densely clustered, purple and green.  Leaves flat, up to 10 mm wide, ribbed above, rough to the touch.

 

Calamagrostis epigejos

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Jul 2003 Suardal, Skye
 

Densely clustered spikelets (each of the long pointed items is a single spikelet) and underside of leaf

 

Calamagrostis epigejos

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Jul 2003 Suardal, Skye
 

Note the long ligule at the base of the left-hand stem's leaf.
These are young stems with the spikes still emerging.


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