Fern-grass - Catapodium rigidum


    A stiff plant. The inflorescence is branched throughout its length and spikelets are slender and more open than the similar Catapodium marinum.

    Identification difficulty

    It is a species of dry rocky outcrops and walls, avoiding acid rock. It may be found in other dry areas alongside roads etc.

    When to see it

    Summer and autumn, although the dead plant often persists.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain, but sometimes local away from the coast.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 47 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map