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Aug 30, 2011 6:23 PM

Is this grass Common Bent?


I am really stuck on identifying a grass I found in a lowland meadow (wet in places) in Surrey so wondered if anyone could help me - see attached photos (sorry couldn't zoom in much).  To me, it looks quite like Agrostis capillaris Common Bent (also found in the meadow) but according to my books it's too big and tall (>70cm) to be that.  The stem & leaves are quite a dull grey-green.  Can anyone tell me what it is please?

Many thanks


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    Aug 31, 2011 10:38 AM (in response to Sam)
    Re: Is this grass Common Bent?


    your grass could be Black Bent (Agrostis gigantea). This can get to over a metre tall and is really quite similar to Agrostis capillaris. It can be told apart by its longer ligules (they are at least as long as wide, usually longer) - which seems to be the case from your photos.

    It doesn't like really wet meadows preferring better drained soils.

    It hybridizes with both A. capillaris and A. stolonifera just to make things more difficult!



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