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Alopecurus myosuroides1.jpg
Slender meadow foxtail (Alopecurus myosuroides)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Alopecurus

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Alopecurus, or foxtail grass, is a genus of the grass family Poaceae with 25 to 35 species.[1]

Foxtails occur in northern temperate regions. They can be annual or perennial. They grow in tufts. They have flat leaves and blunt ligules (a small flap at the junction of leaf and stem). Their inflorescence is a dense panicle (a branching head without terminal flower) with 1-flowered spikelets. A few, particularly A. myosuroides, are considered weeds, others are very decorative and are used in bouquets of dried flowers.


meadow foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis) from Thomé, Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885

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