Glen Parva & Glenhills Nature Reserve - Species List

Key to the list at the end of each section:
Black - Bio Blitz 2015 not photographed
Blue - Bio Blitz 2015 photographed
Red - photographed & identified by Volunteers
Green - from NatureSpot
All pictures are taken on the reserve.
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Grasses, Rushes & Sedges

Grass is a monocotyledon plant, herbaceous plants with narrow leaves growing from the base. A common kind of grass is used to cover the ground in a lawn and other places. Grass normally gets water from the roots, which are located in the ground.

are monocotyledonous plants in the genus Juncus. There are about 400 species in the rush family, distributed among eight or nine genera. The most species-rich groups are the rushes (Juncus spp.) with 225 species, and the wood-rushes (Luzula spp.) with 80 species.

, is a taxon of flowering plants that superficially resemble grasses or rushes.

Branched Bur Reed - Sparganium erectum
Sue & Roy 20140713

This is a common plant found at the edges of ponds, lakes and slow moving rivers. The globular flowers give way to large round fruits (drupes) which have the look of a bur. There are four sub species of this plant identification of which depends on the shape of the individual seed. Sparganium erectum is found throughout England, Wales and Ireland and is only scarce in northern Scotland.
The larvae of the Gold Spot moth feed on this plant.
Drooping (Pendulous) Sedge - Carex pendula
John F west ditch 20131208

Also called the Pendulous Sedge.
This is a native sedge which appears to be doing the reverse of escaping. This elegant looking sedge is found growing around "water-features" in gardens. It is reputed to prefer heavy rich soils but can also be seen on our light sandy soils. This is a large sedge up to 5 feet tall and really can't be mistaken for anything else.
The plant typically flowers from May to June and fruits from June to July.
Flowering-Rush - Butomus umbellatus
Joan Harris July 2020

Grows in shallow water. Sheaves of stiff grassy leaves make fine verticals among clumps of round leafed Caltha (Marsh Marigolds). 122 cm flower stems carry umbels of rose-pink flowers in midsummer. Although it resembles a true rush, flowering-rush is in its own family and can be distinguished by its attractive pink flowers. It is a native of Eurasia.

Yorkshire Fog - Holcus%20lanatus
JF September 2020

Yorkshire fog is a softly hairy, perennial grass which grows in dense tufts up to one metre tall and can be seen throughout the year. It has a woolly appearance with flower heads tinged with purple to red and soft seed heads of grey to pink. It is considered a weed when growing on arable land.
Not to be confused with: creeping soft grass (Holcus mollis) which has a similar appearance but is often found in woodland habitats and has rhizomes and a creeping habit.

Bio Blitz ------ 26-06-2015 blue & black
Barren Brome - Anisantha sterilis
Branched Bur-reed - Sparganium erectum
Bread Wheat - Triticum aestivum
Cock's-foot - Dactylis glomerata
Common Bent - Agrostis capillaris
Common Club-rush - Schoenoplectus lacustris
Common Couch - Elytrigia repens
Creeping Bent - Agrostis stolonifera
Crested Dog's-tail - Cynosurus cristatus
False Fox-sedge - Carex otrubae
False Oat-grass - Arrhenatherum elatius
False-brome - Brachypodium sylvaticum
Field Wood-rush - Luzula campestris
Flowering-Rush - Butomus umbellatus
Hairy Sedge - Carex hirta
Hard Rush - Juncus inflexus
Hop Sedge - Carex pseudocyperus
Lesser Pond-sedge - Carex acutiformis
Meadow Barley - Hordeum secalinum
Meadow Foxtail - Alopecurus pratensis
Pendulous Sedge - Carex pendula
Perennial Rye-grass - Lolium perenne
Red Fescue - Festuca rubra
Reed Canary-grass - Phalaris arundinacea
Reed Sweet-grass - Glyceria maxima
Rough Meadow-grass - Poa trivialis
Soft-rush - Juncus effusus
Sweet Vernal-grass - Anthoxanthum odoratum
Timothy - Phleum pratense
Wild-oat - Avena fatua
Yellow Oat-grass - Trisetum flavescens
Yorkshire-fog - Holcus lanatus

Recorded by Harry Ball
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