perennial rye grass
Vascular – Exotic
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Terrestrial. Roadsides and tracks, pasture, river flats and banks, waste land and sand dunes, lowland to montane
Wetland plant indicator status rating
FACU: Facultative Upland
Occasionally is a hydrophyte but usually occurs in uplands (non-wetlands).
Loosely tufted, dark green, hairless, perennial grass. Leaves soft, thin, 30-200 x 2-6 mm, regularly ribbed above, very glossy and smooth beneath, joined to stem with small collar. Leaf sheath reddish-purplish at base; inner sheath smooth, pale green; emerging leaf folded. Ligule up to 2 mm long, membranous, light green. Seedhead distinctive, erect, thin, flattened, slightly zigzagged; with seeds in small clusters arranged alternately.
The seedhead is distinctive with flattened and slightly zig-zag form.
Eur, temp Asia, N Afr
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
Tolerates wet to dryish soils, high to moderate fertility, can re-sprout after damage and grazing, tolerates warm to cold temperatures.