Plicate Sweet-grass - Glyceria notata


A hairless grass with creeping and rooting stems. It has very tapered leaves, and much branched inflorescence 10 to 45 cm long, with spreading side branches. The spikelets are only 10 to 15 mm.

Similar Species

other Glyceria

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Smaller lemmas (3.5 - 5mm) than G fluitans, not toothed at apex; panicles more branched and broader than G declinata, which also has small but toothed lemmas

Recording advice

An image showing the flowering shoots with detail of the lemma tips. Ideally an image of a ruler alongside the lemma to show length, or a comment describing this. A voucher specimen may be needed.


At the edge of fresh water ponds and wet ditches.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 249 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Plicate Sweet-grass
Species group:
Grasses, Rushes & Sedges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
21/07/2008 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
07/07/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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