Six-rowed Barley - Hordeum vulgare


    Hordeum vulgare has erect stems with few, alternate leaves its spike is notched on opposite sides, with three spikelets at each notch, each containing a small individual flower, or floret, that develops a kernel. All 3 spikelets in each row are fertile (H. distichon has only 1 fertile spikelet in each row).

    Identification difficulty
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    Sometimes found on arable land as a relic of cultivation, and on roadsides and waste ground as a bird-seed and grain casual.

    When to see it

    Flowering June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but occasional in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    UK Map