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This page is about the genus of grasses. Phleum is also the name of a Roman site now in Velsen, Netherlands.
Timothee (Phleum pratense subsp. pratense).jpg
Phleum pratense
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Phleum

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Phleum (catstail or timothy-grass) is a genus of about 15 species of annual and perennial grasses. The genus is native to Europe, Asia and north Africa, with one species (P. alpinum) also in North and South America.

They are tufted grasses growing to 20-150 cm tall, with cylindrical flowerheads with densely packed spikelets.

Selected species

Cultivation and uses[edit]

Several species are important for cattle feed and as hay for horses and other domestic animals.