West Highland Flora

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Holcus lanatus

 

Holcus lanatus

Photo Carl Farmer
3 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

Very common in grassland and moorland, also in waste ground and neglected gardens.

Spikelets 3-4 mm long.  Stems of average height for a grass.

ID: Soft purplish appearance of typical specimens unique.  Spikelets have 2 florets, lower without an awn, upper with a curved awn not protruding from the spikelet, only visible by examining within the spikelet.  Ligule very short, cut off square, much broader than long.

Other features: Soft appearance of leaves makes them distinctive even when flowers absent.  Creeping Soft Grass is somewhat similar but has awns protruding from the spikelet and prominent hair-tufts at the stem nodes.

 

  Holcus lanatus

Photo Carl Farmer
3 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

 
     
     
     
  Holcus lanatus

Photo Carl Farmer
3 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

 
     


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