Smaller Cat's-tail - Phleum bertolonii


    Stems only reaching 10 to 50 cm and the cylindrical panicles only 1 to 6 cm long. It has a corm like root.

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    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Separation of this species from Timothy (Phleum pratense) is difficult and depends on detailed measurements of spikelets, awns and panicles

    Recording advice

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


    Usually in more mature grassland, sometimes on roadside verges.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout much of Britain except the far north.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 518 of the 617 tetrads.

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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