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

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


    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.

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