Wood Millet - Milium effusum


Loosely tufted erect grass to 120 cm tall. Leaves flat 5 to 15 mm wide. Inflorescence is a loose, whorled, spreading panicle 10 to 40 cm long and to 20 cm wide, with long fine branches. Spikelets are narrow-ovoid, pointed 3 to 4 mm long.

Photo ID?

Old woodlands.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly common in southern Britain, scarcer to the north and west.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in wooded areas of Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 90 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map