Downy Oat-grass - Avenula pubescens

    Alt Name
    Helictotrichon pubescens

    This is very similar to Avenula pratensis (Meadow oat-grass) and sometimes found growing in similar places. The difference is that in Avenula pubescens the lower leaves and particularly the lower stem are distinctly hairy it also has an inflorescence that is broader and more branched with spikelets 10 to 15 mm long.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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


    Grassland and meadows but avoiding strongly acid soils.

    When to see it

    Flowers June and July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 67 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map