West Highland Flora

Mountain Melick


Melica nutans

 

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jul 2002, Nesbyen, Norway

Rare, on upland calcareous rock or in woods or scrub on alkaline soils

Stems to 40 cm high, spikelets 6-8 mm.

ID: Spikelets all on one side of a nodding axis, each with 2-3 fertile florets and a tight bundle of sterile bracts in the centre.  Easy to recognise even when fruits have fallen (as in pic on left)

Other features: A very graceful plant, hope to get a decent picture soon.  Ligules very short.  Spikelets solitary or two together, on curved stalks.

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