West Highland Flora

Sweet Vernal Grass


Anthoxanthum odoratum

 

Anthoxanthum odoratum

Photo Carl Farmer
3 May 2002 Portree, Skye

Very common in grassland, moorland, roadsides, rough ground, etc, tolerating a wide variety of soil types.

Stems c 25-40 cm tall.  Spike c 4-6 cm long.  Spikelets c 6-10 mm long.  Leaves c 3-5 mm wide.

ID: Spikelets all crowded round the stem.  Spikelets narrow with hairs up one edge but not the other, as in bottom right pic.

Other features: Has scent of new-mown hay.  Flowers early in the year.  Each spikelet has 2 sterile flowers and 1 fertile flower with 2 stamens.

 

Anthoxanthum odoratum

Photo Carl Farmer
28 Apr 2004 Portree, Skye
Visible length c 2.4 cm

First the white styles appear...

 

Anthoxanthum odoratum

Photo Carl Farmer
14 May 2005 Kinloch, Skye
Inflorescence c 3.6 cm long

...then the purple stamens

 

Anthoxanthum odoratum

Photo Carl Farmer
15 May 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye

Dense tuft on cleared ground in forestry

  Anthoxanthum odoratum

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Sep 2002 Portree, Skye

Occasionally flowers in autumn


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