West Highland Flora

Velvet Bent


Agrostis canina s.s.

Taxonomic note: Sometimes A canina is taken to include A vinealis, in which case the present (sub)species is called A canina ssp canina.

Agrostis canina s.s.

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Aug 2004 Teangue, Skye

Frequent in wet places such as ditches and edges of lochs.

These pictures all show plants that have shed their fruit.  Pre or post flowering spikelets look much the same but greener and usually with an awn protruding.

Stems c 20-50 cm tall.  Spikelets c 1.5-3 mm long.

ID: Spikelets one-flowered.  Outline of fully spread-out panicle triangular, not cylindrical as in A stolonifera. Ligules mostly well over 1 mm long, and pointed but often torn.  Find some over 2 mm to rule out A capillaris.  Best told from A vinealis by wet habitat (dryish for vinealis) and creeping and rooting leafy stolons spreading out horizontally along the ground from the base.

Other features: Spikelets usually have an awn.  Panicle branches bare in lower part.

 

Agrostis canina s.s.

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Aug 2004 Teangue, Skye

 

Agrostis canina s.s.

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Aug 2004 Teangue, Skye
Spikelets c 2.5 mm long


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