West Highland Flora

Tufted Hair-grass


Deschampsia cespitosa

Sometimes taken to include D alpina, which is here treated separately.

Deschampsia cespitosa

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Jun 2004 Portree, Skye
Picture c 20 cm high

Common in damp grassland, woods and moorland.

Spikelets c 3-4 mm.  A tall grass (in lowland conditions), up to 150 cm high.  Ligule c 4-10 mm.  Leaves c 2-5 mm wide.

ID: Much-branched drooping panicle with multitude of small spikelets each containing two awned florets.  Awns not or hardly protruding beyond tips of glumes.

Other features: Forms large tussocks, very distinctive, panicle very graceful.  Spikelets often variegated with purple, silver and green, or similar colours.  They have one floret higher than the other by about a fifth of its length, each floret with a lemma having an awn arising from near the base.

 

Deschampsia cespitosa

Photo Carl Farmer
27 Jul 2002 Portree, Skye


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