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 which can even be submersed during spring.

The Creeping Brent is a member of the grass family (Poaceae, also known as Gramineae). The Icelandic name of the Creeping Brent is Skriðlíngresi.

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Typical growth of tuft and runners
Early inflorescence stage
Photo of the ligule at the base of the leaf blade
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Typical growth of tuft and runners

Early inflorescence stage

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