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Common Cord-grass
Spartina anglica
Spairtíneach ghalla
Family: Poaceae

Flowering July - November. Perennial. Introduced.

Flowerheads with bunches of 4-5 unbranched spikes, spikelets 1-flowered with conspicuous, feathery anthers. Yellowish-green broad, stiff leaves, inrolled or flat. Ligule comprised of a ring of hairs. Spreading, creeping growth habit. Height to 130cm.

Originally considered a valuable species to reclaim coastal mud-flats but once established spreads very rapidly, causing major habitat loss and degradation.

Designated as a significant invasive plant in Ireland:
Managing Invasive Alien species


Common Cord-grass. Timoleague, County Cork. July 2008

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