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Wood Barley

Hordelymus europaeus

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Poales
Family:
Poaceae (Grass)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
120 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Hedgerows, woodland.

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
A green flower spike consisting of alternating spikelets on opposite sides of the stem. Its awns are 1.5 to 2.5cm long.
Fruit:
A caryopsis which is a type of dry, one-seeded fruit. About 7mm long, narrowly oval.
Leaves:
Flat, green, linear leaves that are sparsely hairy. Rough on the upper surfaces of the leaves. Not a true barley. Most commonly encountered in Beech woods on lime. Perennial.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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