West Highland Flora

Creeping Soft Grass


Holcus mollis

 

Holcus mollis

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Oct 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Common in woods and grassland, usually with some shade.

Spikelets 4-6 mm long.  Stems of average height for a grass.

ID: Of a very soft appearance similar to Yorkshire Fog, but spikelets with an awn visibly protruding, and stem nodes with a tuft of downward-pointing hairs, rest of stem hairless.

Other features: Spikelets with two florets, the upper having a bent but not recurved awn about 3-5 mm long.  Spreads by creeping rhizomes and forms large stands.

 

Holcus mollis

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Oct 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye
 

Stem nodes with tuft of hairs


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