Reed Sweet-grass - Glyceria maxima


    Tall (60 to 200 cm) very erect grass forming dense stands. Leaves flat and more or less folded to 2 cm wide. Inflorescences are erect, dense, much branched spreading panicles 15 to 30 cm long. Spikelets are 5 to 8 mm, narrow oval (not cylindrical).

    Identification difficulty

    By rivers streams and wet ditches.

    When to see it

    July and August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in England quite localised elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 212 of the 617 tetrads.

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