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MEADOW FOXTAIL

Alopecurus pratensis

Grasses Family [Poaceae]

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31st May 2006, a meadow, Crowdecote, Peak Dist. Photo: © RWD
They stand erect up to 1.2m, but these are considerably shorter.


31st May 2006, a meadow, Crowdecote, Peak Dist. Photo: © RWD


31st May 2006, a meadow, Crowdecote, Peak Dist. Photo: © RWD
The panicles are between 2 to 12cm long and 0.5 to 1.2cm wide.


31st May 2006, a meadow, Crowdecote, Peak Dist. Photo: © RWD


31st May 2006, a meadow, Crowdecote, Peak Dist. Photo: © RWD


31st May 2006, a meadow, Crowdecote, Peak Dist. Photo: © RWD


31st May 2006, a meadow, Crowdecote, Peak Dist. Photo: © RWD
The spikelets are between 4 to 6mm long. The glumes are acute (aka pointed at the tip) and fused over about a quarter of their length. They are conspicuously hairy.


31st May 2006, a meadow, Crowdecote, Peak Dist. Photo: © RWD
The anthers can be yellow or purple and are between 2 to 3.5mm long.


31st May 2006, a meadow, Crowdecote, Peak Dist. Photo: © RWD
Brown and purple anthers, the purple ones being newer/fresher.


Hybridizes with :

  • Marsh Foxtail (Alopecurus geniculatus) to produce Alopecurus × brachstylus which is usually very sterile and is to be found scattered about with both parents throughout Britain.

It is native and is common throughout the British Isles occurring in marshes, damp meadows, beside ponds or ditches - much the same habitats as Marsh Foxtail


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Alopecurus
(Foxtails)

MEADOW FOXTAIL

Alopecurus pratensis

Grasses Family [Poaceae]