Italian Rye-grass - Lolium multiflorum

Description

This grass has smooth wiry stems and long inflorescences of stalkless spikelets arranged along the stem in two opposite, alternating rows, edgeways on to the stem, similar to L. perenne, but the lemmas are always long awned (to 10 mm), and its leaves are wider (to 10 mm). It is also usually taller than L. perenne.

Habitat

Arable and cultivated fields and sown grassland.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

Annual or biennial.

UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 384 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map