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20 to 60 cm tall. Leaves light green, flat and hairy with inflated sheaths. Bristly flower spikes may reach up to 10 cm in length, though often shorter.
Roadsides and waste ground.
June to July.
Fairly common in the southern half of Britain at least.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 367 of the 617 tetrads.
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