Oat - Avena sativa
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
Avena fatua. Other Avena may be cultivated and present as rare aliens. This is a difficult genus; refer to Stace (4th edn.) for details.
Usually awnless; sometimes with nearly straight awns at maturity. Usually glabrous
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Roadside verges and field margins.
Flowers June to September.
Widespread in Britain as a relic of cultivation.
Occasional escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.
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