SP2166 : False Oat Grass (Arrhenatherum elatius)

taken 7 years ago, near to Pinley Green, Warwickshire, Great Britain

False Oat Grass (Arrhenatherum elatius)
False Oat Grass (Arrhenatherum elatius)
This is the native tall grass commonly seen on roadsides. By late summer it will have bleached to a pale straw colour that persists through autumn and winter even as the stand is gradually flattened by rain, wind and snow. The plants on the right look more diffuse because their spikelets (flowers) are open. The spikelets of the plants on the left are closed but will open at some other time of day. As well as setting seed the grass spreads by means of a tough rhizome. Like couch grass (Agropyron repens) a new plant can grow from a fragment of rhizome, as gardeners know to their annoyance. False Oat Grass may be confused with couch although the two are quite different in appearance and tribal relationships within the huge grass family.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 16 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 20 June, 2010
Category
Farmland   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2148 6650 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:17.7727N 1:41.1875W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2148 6650
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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