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Cocksfoot

Observed: 4th November 2012 By: John PilkingtonJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

On edge of grassy area outside Merthyr Vale alongside River Taff.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata) interacts

Comments

anna_dudley's picture

Yes- it's definitely

Yes- it's definitely cock's-foot. If you pick the flower and hold it upside-down it vaguely resembles a cock's foot- hence the name.

lavateraguy's picture

Cocksfoot

Dactylis glomerata (cocksfoot) is one of the easiest grasses to identify, as the inflorescence is fairly distinctive (IMO the nearest confounder is Phalaris arundinacea (reed grass), which is bigger, with broader leaves, and is found in marshy and aquatic habitats), the species is very common on roadside verges and meadows, and the inflorescence can be seen in various stages of maturity for nearly the whole of the year.

Rachy Ramone's picture

One of the few...

...grasses that I can actually ID on sight!

And that's despite having been on a (not very worthwhile) 2-day Grass ID course in Epping Forest.....

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY