Wavy hair-grass, Deschampsia flexuosa, has wiry leaves and delicate, shaking panicles formed of silvery or purplish-brown flower heads on wavy, hair-like stalks. The leaves are bunched in tight tufts with plants forming a very tussocky, low sward 5 to 20 cm tall before flowering, to 30 cm high.
Illustration of D. flexuosa (including D. caespitosa)
Distribution and habitatEdit
It is also an important component of the ground flora of birch and oak woodland.
The plant has a preference for acidic, free-draining soil, and avoids chalk and limestone areas. It can exist over 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) above sea level.
- Woodland and scrub communities in the British National Vegetation Classification system—birch and oak woodland
- Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
- see British NVC community W11 (Quercus petraea–Betula pubescens–Oxalis acetosella woodland) and British NVC community W16 (Quercus spp.–Betula spp.–Deschampsia flexuosa woodland).
- BSBI Description Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 1 December 2010.