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Squirrel-tail Fescue - introduced (*Vulpia bromoides)

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vulpia vulpia vulpia

Native to Europe. Annual. C3.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).

A common weed in disturbed areas and in disturbed forests.


As the flower ages the lemmas with awns fall separately. In good conditions it can grow to half a metre, but is usually much less.

It is an environmental weed.

Vulpia: in honour of J.S. Vulpias, 1760-1840, a German Chemist; bromoides: resembling the grass Bromus.

1, 2, 4: The flower cluster is well exserted from the leaf sheaf. The lemmas taper into long awns. 3: The first glume (G1) is longer that those of the other vulpias.