FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Phleum alpinum, Alpine Cat's-tail

Phleum alpinum; The Alpine's Cat's-tail is a common grass all over Iceland, with the exception of some of the most desolate highlands. It grows often in more or less sheltered places, mainly in the highlands but also in the lowlands. It is a close relative of the Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) but the inflated sheath of the uppermost stem leaf is so characteristic that this plant can easily be identified.
Both are member of the grass family (Poaceae, also known as Gramineae).

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