Meadow Barley - Hordeum secalinum

    Description

    Slender erect plant 30 to 60 cm high with narrow (to 5 mm) flat roughish leaves. The flower spikes are slender 2.5 to 5 cm long sometimes flushed purple. The glumes are bristle like and rough, but shorter than in Wall Barley.

    Habitat

    In old meadows.

    When to see it

    Flowering June and July.

    Life History

    Perennial

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in central and southern Britain (south of the Humber) scarcer in the north and west of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in those areas of Leicestershire and Rutland with heavier, clay soils. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 348 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map