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Common in grassland, cultivated for fodder or grazing.


Rather coarse tufted grass with many varieties covering a range of growth habits. Generally light green or greyish-green. Dense cylindrical spike giving the alternative common name. Spikelets are small (2-3 mm), single flowered and tightly packed often tinted pink or white, extremely short awns.


Timothy ligule Long and flat: up to 6 mm.









Auricles: Absent.

Leaf blade: Leaf-blades elongate, flat, 10-30 cm long, 5-8 mm broad, sabre-shaped, tapering to a very thin point. Youngest leaf rolled.

Timothy 1
Timothy 2
Timothy - young Timothy - young plant.
Timothy ligule photo Timothy ligule. Photo © HGCA.


Timothy - mature Timothy flower heads.

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