West Highland Flora

Mat Grass


Nardus stricta

 

Nardus stricta

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2002, Glamaig, Skye

Common on moorland and mountains, thriving on poor soils, especially where overgrazed.

Stems c 20-35 cm tall.  Flower spikelets c 5-8 mm.  Anthers c 3.5-4 mm.

ID: One-sided flower-spike.  Even withered specimens very easy to identify, and these persist till the following spring.

Other features: Leaves hard and bristle-like.  Anthers yellow at first, then white, as in pic on left.  Spikelets one-flowered, with very small lower glume and usually no upper glume.

 

 

Nardus stricta

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2002, Glamaig, Skye
 

Nardus stricta

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Aug 2002, Scorrybreac, Skye
 

Showing the purple lemmas, pressed against the stem, and the white anthers, 3 per flower.
Typical autumn post-flowering specimen.  Not much later in time than the one on the left, but on much lower ground.  The lemmas have spread away from the stem so the one-sidedness of the flower spike is clearly seen.


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