Oat - Avena sativa

    Alternative names
    Cultivated Oat and as Common Oat
    Description

    Similar to Wild Oat, but the spikelets are 17 to 20 mm long, usually without hairs on the lemma bases; the lemmas usually unawned.  If awns present, fairly straight and usually glabrous

    Similar Species

    Avena fatua.  Other Avena may be cultivated and present as rare aliens.  This is a difficult genus; refer to Stace (4th edn.) for details.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Usually awnless; sometimes with nearly straight awns at maturity. Usually glabrous

    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

    Habitat

    Roadside verges and field margins.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to September.

    Life History

    Perennial

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain as a relic of cultivation.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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