FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Agrostis stolonifera, Creeping Bent

Agrostis stolonifera; the Creeping Bent is very common on Iceland. It is a creeping grass forming upright flowering stems of 15 to 40 cm which have purplish panicles. In comparison to related species the creeping bent can be distinguished by the prostrate stems, the rather large ligule (at least 2 mm) and the absence of awns on the spikelets. The inflorescence is also more compact compared to similar species. It grows in many different habitats but prefers rather moist grounds.
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A brief introduction to common Iceland plants
Text & Photographs by Dick Vuijk
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detail of inflorescence
photo of the ligule at the base of the leaf blade
Early inflorescence stage
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