West Highland Flora

Deergrass


Trichophorum germanicum

Formerly T cespitosum ssp germanicum.

Trichophorum cespitosum

Photo Carl Farmer
1 May 2004 Penifiler, Skye
Height of picture = c 2.3 cm

Abundant on wet acid moorland

Stems c 10-25 cm tall.  Spikelet c 3-6 mm long

ID: Stem has one leaf only, short and near the base, arising as an outgrowth of the topmost basal sheath.  Spikelets solitary at tip of stem, without a green leaf-like bract (though lowest glume may appear leaf-like at tip).  To distinguish from the rare T cespitosum, the topmost leaf-sheath has an opening about twice as long as broad when you pull the stem out of it.  Fertility (anthers that open and give pollen; fruit that ripens into a brown nut) will rule out the T germanicum x cespitosum hybrid.

Other features: Tufted.  Blankets areas of ground turning them a beautiful gold colour in autumn.  6-18 flowers per spikelet.  Each fruit surrounded by up to 6 bristles which project slightly beyond it looking like curly hairs.

 

  Trichophorum cespitosum

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

 

 

Trichophorum cespitosum

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Apr 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye
Stems c 4-6 cm high

  Trichophorum cespitosum

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

 


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