Meadow Fescue - Schedonorus pratensis
Height 40 to 80 cm forming only small tufts and with leaves only 4 mm wide (with fine toothed less rough edges than Tall Fescue). The shorter branch at each whorl of the inflorescence bears only 1 or 2 spikelets (Tall Fescue (Schedonorus arundinaceus) usually has 4).
The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification
Found in a wide range of neutral grasslands, usually on fertile soils, including pastures, hay meadows and water meadows also naturalised on roadsides, railway banks and waste ground.
In flower during June, July and August.
Widespread and fairly frequent over most of Britain except the extreme north.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 448 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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