Crested Dog's-tail - Cynosurus cristatus


    Wiry, tufted grass 15 to 60 cm tall, bright green with flat smooth leaves 2 mm wide. Inflorescence erect, dense, oblong and spike like, flat looking and one sided, 3 to 5 cm long, florets very narrow and arranged like stiffly spread fingers.

    Identification difficulty

    Grassland and flower meadows.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 558 of the 617 tetrads.

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