Creeping Bent - Agrostis stolonifera
Normally about 40 cm tall, but can be taller on rich soils. It has long creeping leafy runners that root at their joints, but no underground rhizomes. Panicles are pale whitish to purplish and rather closed up except when in flower.
Common Bent (Agrostis capillaris)
The panicle is branched. Each spikelet contains only one floret usually completely enclosed by its glumes. The inflorescence branches close together after flowering, and have closely spaced spikelets which are not awned. The tiller ligule is longer than wide and pointed (i.e. on the non-flowering shoot).
Look at the tiller ligule, not the flowering shoot. Photograph of the whole plant, and detail of tiller ligule if possible
Grassland of all kinds.
July and August.
Common throughout Britain.
Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 407 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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