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Smooth wiry stems and inflorescence spikes 4 to 30 cm long. The stalkless spikelets are arranged along the stem in two opposite and alternating rows, edgeways on to the stem 7 to 20 mm long, flattened, oblong with their narrow edges facing the stem. Lemmas are awnless.
Meadows, grassland and waste ground.
May to September.
Very common throughout Britain.
Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 604 of the 617 tetrads.
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