FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Deschampsia flexuosa, Wavy Hair-grass

Deschampsia flexuosa; the Wavy Hair-grass is very common on Iceland but for the mountains, the barren sandy regions of the interior and the south coast. Once flowering it can easily be identified by the often angular bends in the stems that bear the small spikelet's (hence the name "wavy"). As with other "plume" grasses one can be confused by the fact that the inflorescences appear quite different in the early stages than the later stages because the panicles at first haven't spread yet.
.It is a member of the grass family Poaceae also referred to as the Gramineae family.

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A brief introduction to common Iceland plants
Text & Photographs by Dick Vuijk
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