Identified by Paul Green
Very variable grass with several subspecies recognised. 15-80cm.
Shortly rhizomatous or tufted grass with branched, spreading flowerheads. Many-flowered spikelets usually greenish, some coastal forms can be purplish-red. Basal leaves bristle-like, stem leaves flat when fresh. Lower sheaths often reddish, fibrous at base of tufts.
Widespread and can be very common in most grassy habitats. Walls, dunes, saltmarshes, sea-cliffs, lowland pastures, mountain slopes, rock ledges.
Similar: Sheep's Fescue, Festuca ovina