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Rats-tail Fescue
Vulpia myuros
Feisciú balla
Family: Poaceae

Flowering May-July. Annual. Native.
Identification by Paul Green

The flowerheads are often curved, pale green to straw-coloured when mature but longer and more compact than those of Squirrel-tail Fescue, V. bromoides. Spikelets with 3-veined upper glume, 3-4 times longer than lower. Leaf-sheaths not inflated, upper sheaths reaching the base of the flowerheads. Height 10-70cm.

Found on walls, waste ground and in dry, sandy areas, most frequently recorded from SE Ireland.

Similar: Squirrel-tail Fescue, Vulpia bromoides

Rats-tail Fescue

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