Avenula pubescens    Downy Oat-grass CC DD N

Helictotrichon pubescens Helictotrichon pubescens

This is very similar to Avenula pratensis (Meadow oat-grass) and I find them growing in similar places too. The difference is that in H. pubescens the lower leaves and particularly the lower stem are distinctly hairy. It is a grassland species so even to see the lower stem means foraging in the undergrowth.

H. pubescens is a fairly common grass throughout the British Isles and Ireland.

Re-named from Helictotrichon pubescens following the publishing in 2010 of New Flora of the British Isles by Clive Stace.

The Great Orme, North Wales 26th May 2009

Added 30th September 2009, updated 6th April 2010, updated 15th December 2010

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