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Cock's-foot , espigueta

Dactylis glomerata


It is a common species of grass. Cock's-foot grows in dense perennial tussocks up to 140 centimetres tall, with grey-green leaves 20–50 cm long and up to 1.5 cm broad, and a distinctive tufted triangular flowerhead 10–15 cm long. It may be either green or red- to purple-tinged (usually green in shade, redder in full sun), turning pale grey-brown at seed maturity. The spikelets are 5–9 mm long, typically containing two to five flowers. It has a characteristic flattened stem base which distinguishes it from many other grasses.


It can be found in meadows, pasture, roadsides, and rough grassland. Spotted at the side of a local road

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O Saviñao, Galicia, Spain

Spotted on Aug 13, 2012
Submitted on Oct 6, 2012

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