Early Hair-grass - Aira praecox


    A slender erect plant, 5 to 30 cm tall with bristle-like grey green leaves which soon wither. It has a dense, oval to oblong spike like panicle, smooth leaf sheaths and untoothed, 3 mm long ligules.

    Identification difficulty

    Dry, sandy places, rocky outcrops and heath grassland.

    When to see it

    Flowering April to June

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain, but rather local.

    VC55 Status

    Locally frequent in Charnwood Forest, occasional elsewhere in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 30 of the 617 tetrads.

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