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Importance

Very common in all arable areas occurring on light and heavy soils. May become a problem on lighter soils.

Description

Tufted perennial 30-60 cm. Spreads by surface rooting stolons. Distinguished from Common couch by longer ligule, lack of auricles and fine leaves. Flower head is a narrow pyramid of cylindrical shape, spreading when in flower but closed up when mature. Spikelets are small, narrow, single flowered and awnless.

Ligule

Creeping bent - LiguleLong: up to 5mm. Roundly pointed tip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auricles: Absent.

Leaf blade: Green, greyish or bluish tinge. Long and narrow, tapering to acute point. Hairless but minutely rough. Rolled when young, flat later.

Creeping bent 1
Creeping bent 2
Creeping bent - Ligule photoCreeping bent ligule
Creeping bent - 3Creeping bent mature plant

 

 

 

Creeping bent - matureCreeping bent flower heads. Photo © Alamy Ltd.

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