Italian Rye-grass - Lolium multiflorum
This grass has smooth wiry stems and long inflorescences of stalkless spikelets arranged along the stem in two opposite, alternating rows, edgeways on to the stem, similar to L. perenne, but the lemmas are usually long awned (to 10 mm), and its leaves are wider (to 10 mm). It is also usually taller than L. perenne.
Lolium perenne - which doesn't usually have awns
Inflorescence a spike with stalkless (sessile), flattened spikelets alternating up the rhachis edgeways-on to it. Young tiller leaves are rolled, not folded. Florets are usually awned.
Arable and cultivated fields and sown grassland.
May to September.
Annual or biennial.
Common throughout Britain.
Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 384 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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