West Highland Flora

Bearded Couch-grass


Elymus caninus

Older name: Agropyron caninum. 

Elymus caninus

Photo Carl Farmer
11 Aug 2003 Torrin, Skye
Largest spike 14.2 cm ex awns
Grass drooping to right is False Brome

Uncommon in woods or shady places, preferring alkaline conditions.

Spikelets c 10-20 mm long excluding awns

ID: Spikelets alternating up the axis and broadside-on to it, with conspicuous awns usually 10-20 mm long.  (If awns between 7-10 mm long, could be either this or Common Couch, but most unlikely to find either of them with awns in that range).

Other features: Leaves broad, ribbed, with or without hairs on surface.  Ligule short, cut off straight, 1.5 mm long or less.

 

Elymus caninus

Photo Carl Farmer
11 Aug 2003 Torrin, Skye

 

Elymus caninus

Photo Carl Farmer
11 Aug 2003 Torrin, Skye

  Elymus caninus

Photo Carl Farmer
11 Aug 2003 Torrin, Skye

 

Elymus caninus

Photo Carl Farmer
11 Aug 2003 Torrin, Skye

 

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