Meadow Barley - Hordeum secalinum
Slender erect plant 30 to 60 cm high with narrow (to 5 mm) flat roughish leaves. The flower spikes are slender 2.5 to 5 cm long sometimes flushed purple. The glumes are bristle like and rough, but shorter than in Wall Barley.
Wall Barley (Hordeum murinum) and other Hordeum, including some rarely recorded alien species.
Perennial (i.e. tillers present when flowering), found in old grasslands. Most other Hordeum are annual, and found in cultivated or waste ground
The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification
In old meadows.
Flowering June and July.
Fairly frequent in central and southern Britain (south of the Humber) scarcer in the north and west of Britain.
Fairly frequent in those areas of Leicestershire and Rutland with heavier, clay soils. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 348 of the 617 tetrads.
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