Wild-oat - Avena fatua
A tall plant with a loose panicle of large spikelets that droop in fruit. The spikelets are 18 to 25 mm long, mature plants have their lemmas clothed at the base with silky brown hairs, and at least the lowest with a bent awn.
Avena sativa. Other Avena may be cultivated and present as rare aliens. This is a difficult genus; refer to Stace (4th edn.) for details.
Strongly bent awns and lemmas usually hairy at maturity
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Wild Oat is a casual annual of arable land and a pest amongst cereal crops.
June to September.
Frequent throughout much of Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 462 of the 617 tetrads.
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