Loose silky-bent

Apera spica-venti

Wind grass


Widespread and locally common on arable land, especially on sandy or light loam soils in the east and south of England. Can become a problem in continuous cereals. Rare in Wales and Scotland.


Tall tufted or solitary annual grass 20-100 cm. Elegant oval to oblong panicle. Usually open and much-branched. Spikelets are single flowered, with short awns. Seeds are very small and lightweight and are usually shed before the crop matures.


Losse silky-bent liguleLong, rounded and ragged: 3 - 10 mm.










Auricles: Absent.

Leaf blade: Hairless, rough, narrow and pointed. Rolled.

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Loose silky-bent - youngLoose silky-bent. Young plant.
Loose silky-bent  ligule photoLoose silky-bent ligule.



Loose silky-bent - matureLoose silky-bent flower head.