West Highland Flora

Common Bent


Agrostis capillaris

Former name: Agrostis tenuis

Agrostis capillaris

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Very common in acid grassland and moorland, from sea-level to high on mountains.

Stems c 20-50 cm tall.  Spikelets c 2-3.5 mm long

ID:  On Skye only Bents (Agrostis sp) have the delicate, well-separated appearance of tiny one-flowered spikelets, as shown in the pictures here. This species is told from other Skye Bents by the very short ligule, about 1 mm long (check several), which is often cut off very straight and does not have a torn appearance.

Other features: Spikelets usually without an awn.  Spreads by creeping rhizomes below the soil surface.  Palea more than half as long as lemma.

 

Agrostis capillaris

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye


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