Rat's-tail Fescue - Vulpia myuros


    Grows up to 70 cm in height with pale green or straw coloured inflorescences and non-inflated leaf sheaths, but with upper sheath reaching the base of inflorescence. Inflorescence is 5 to 30 cm long, interrupted, slender and drooping at the tip. Spikelet 14 to 20 mm long – the upper glume 3 or four times longer than the lower.

    Identification difficulty

    Railway ballast, dry and well drained soil, roadsides and waste ground.

    When to see it

    Flowers May to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Local and occasional in England and Wales, scarce elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 75 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map