Wood Small-reed - Calamagrostis epigejos


    A stout, tall plant (60 to 200 cm), its leaves up to 10 mm wide, flat, rough, long-pointed and hairless, with long (to 12 mm), membranous, jagged tipped ligules. Panicles are dense, purplish brown, 15 to 30 cm long.

    Identification difficulty

    Damp open woodland and heath grassland.

    When to see it

    Flowers July and August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Local frequent in southern and eastern England, more scattered elsewhere and scarce in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Very local in Leicestershire and Rutland, but may be fairly frequent in the areas where it occurs. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 56 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map