Common Bent - Agrostis capillaris

    Description

    20 to 50 cm tall, tufted with creeping rhizomes but no leafy stolons. Panicle is purplish brown and always spreading, with whorled branches.

    Similar Species

    Creeping Bent (Agrostis stolonifera) has long pointed ligules whereas Common Bent (A. capillaris) has short blunt ligules.

    Photo ID?
    Habitat

    Drier and more acid grassland.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Quite a common grass throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 388 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map