Sea Fern-grass - Catapodium marinum


    A short (5 to 20 cm), stiff, hairless plant. It has stout, flattened, shiny inflorescence stalks and more or less stalkless, flat spikelets 4 to 9 mm long alternately arranged along both sides of the main inflorescence spike.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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

    When to see it

    Flowers June and July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Mainly coastal in Britain, but with occasional records of the species occurring inland.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map