Fern Grass

Name: Fern Grass

Scientific name: Catapodium rigidum

Category: Grasses

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About: Fern grass is small and often overlooked. It has a ridgid stem and spikelets, often with a purpleish tinge.

How to identify: Fern grass can grow up to 20 cm tall and grows on dry grassland or rock.


Mostly associated with coastal sites in Wales and the west and north east of the England, this plant is actually distributed inland throughout Southern England as well.

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Photograph credit: Philip Precey

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