West Highland Flora

Cocksfoot


Dactylis glomerata

 

Dactylis glomerata

Photo Carl Farmer
3 Jun 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Very common in grassland, on roadsides, at woodland edges, among rough vegetation and in lawns.

Spikelets 5-9 mm long, each containing about 4 flowers.

ID: Unmistakable.  The way the lowest flowering branch sticks out on its own gives the plant its name.

Other features: Very fast growing; after strimming an area of grass, the tufts of this grass will be an inch or two taller than all the others within a couple of days.

 

Photo Carl Farmer
7 Oct 2001 Portree, Skye

 

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