(Previously Avenula pubescens.) Identified by Paul Green.
Branched, spreading flowerheads with 2-4 flowers in each spikelet, the glumes nearly as long as the flowers. Soft, flat leaves with split, +/- downy sheaths and long, acute ligules.
Found on unimproved neutral to calcareous grasslands, roadsides, dunes and banks. Can be locally frequent in central Ireland.
Similar: False Oat-grass, Arrhenatherum elatius
Downy Oat-grass, Avenula pubescens. Barley Cove, Co. Cork. June 2009