Reflexed Saltmarsh-grass - Puccinellia distans subsp. distans


    A tufted grass without stolons, 15 to 60 cm tall, more or less erect, with flattened pointed leaves. Panicle 4 to 15 cm spreading in flower, its branches in whorls of 4 to 6 and bare of spikelets on their lower parts, longer and deflexed in fruit.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Spikelets with 2 - 9 spikelets, lemmas obtuse - rounded, with midrib falling short of apex. Pancile branches at lower nodes usually with conspicuous basal region bare of spikelets

    Recording advice

    Photograph of whole plant; details of flowers


    Originally a coastal grass, but now spreading inland along the verges of well salted main roads.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Now fairly widespread in England but scarcer in Wales and to the West, and being restricted mainly to the East coast in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional but increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

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