Annual Beard-grass - Polypogon monspeliensis


    An erect grass reaching 20 to 80 cm in height. Leaves are flat and rough with long pointed, toothed ligules and inflated upper sheaths. Panicle oblong, 2 to 8 cm long, with dense, silky, sometimes yellowish.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

    When to see it

    Flowers June and July.

    UK Status

    Widespread in much of Britain as a casual introduction from birdseed mix and this has led to more records inland. It is only native to parts of south eastern England. It becomes much less common in the far north.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map