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Early Hair-grass
Aira praecox
Mionfhéar luath
Family: Poaceae

Flowering April - June. Annual. Native.

Compact, egg-shaped flowerheads with 2-flowered silvery spikelets. Flowers with bent awns. Very narrow, hairless, bristle-like leaves with smooth sheaths and long, pointed ligules. Height 5-15cm.

Widespread and locally frequent on dry, bare acidic soils. Less frequent in central Ireland.

Similar: Silver Hair-grass, Aira caryophyllea


Early Hair-grass. Gougane Barra, Co.Cork. June 2008

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