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It is native to much of Eurasia and North America, where it grows in moist areas. This is a perennial grass forming bunches of erect stems up to about 60 centimeters in maximum height. The leaves are 8 to 12 centimeters in maximum length. The inflorescence is a dense panicle up to 6 or 7 centimeters long which blooms in dusty yellow-orange anthers.
Alopecurus geniculatus is a component of Purple moor grass and rush pastures a type of Biodiversity Action Plan habitat in the UK. It occurs on poorly drained neutral and acidic soils of the lowlands and upland fringe. It is found in the South West of England, especially in Devon.
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