Loose silky bent

Apera spica-venti

A. spica-venti is an annual panicle grass, strongly tillering and often clustered growing. It occurs as an overwintering grass weed in Europe.

The long-awned spikelets and ligules finely incised with regularity of depth are characteritic for loose silky-bent.

In the youth stage it is an erect grass with either solitary or multiple stems, the youngest leaf is rolled.

Stems: Stems are green or purple, smooth and erect, reaching up to 100 - 125 cm (39.37 - 47.24 inch).

Leaves: The leaf blade is hairless, rough and narrow pointed. The ligule is 3 to 10 mm (0.12 - 0.39 inch) long, rounded and ragged without auricles. The leaf sheat is smooth, but rough near the apex.

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