Agrostis capillaris   Common Bent CC DD N

Agrostis capillaris whole Agrostis capillaris single panicle

When not quite open the slightly brownish/purplish panicles of Common Bent (Agrostis capillaris) can be found in high summer when this native grass can be found flowering almost anywhere in the British Isles. It looks quite similar in appearance and size to Creeping Bent (Agrostis stolonifera) but has no leafy stolons running along then ground.

The panicles eventually spread out showing a feathery flower with small flower parts (lemmas) with no awns (spikelets).

Waste Land near Tesco, Helsby, Cheshire

Added on July 1st 2009, updated 22nd Feb 2010, updated 2nd March 2012

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