Squirreltail Fescue - Vulpia bromoides


    Straw coloured when mature, similar to Vulpia myuros but with shorter (1 to 10 cm), more erect inflorescences. Leaf sheaths not inflated and the upper sheath ends well below the inflorescence. Lower glume half or more the length of the upper.

    Similar Species

    Vulpia myuros

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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


    Open grasslands, heaths, cliff-tops and sand dunes. It also grows in artificial habitats such as quarries, wall-tops, by railways and on waste ground in built-up areas. It favours well-drained soils.

    When to see it


    Life History

    Annual grass.

    UK Status

    Widely distributed in Britain, Very well recorded in Scotland, Wales and East Anglia.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 87 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map