Deschampsia flexuosa

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Deschampsia flexuosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Deschampsia
Species: D. flexuosa
Binomial name
Deschampsia flexuosa
(L.) Trin.

Deschampsia flexuosa, commonly known as wavy hair-grass, is a species of bunchgrass in the grass family widely distributed in Eurasia, Africa, South America, and North America.[1]


Wavy hair-grass, Deschampsia flexuosa, has wiry leaves and delicate, shaking panicles formed of silvery or purplish-brown flower heads on wavy, hair-like stalks. The leaves are bunched in tight tufts with plants forming a very tussocky, low sward 5 to 20 cm tall before flowering, to 30 cm high.

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Distribution and habitat[edit]

Deschampsia flexuosa is found naturally in dry grasslands and on moors and heaths.

It is also an important component of the ground flora of birch and oak woodland.[2]

The plant has a preference for acidic, free-draining soil, and avoids chalk and limestone areas. It can exist over 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) above sea level.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ see British NVC community W11 (Quercus petraeaBetula pubescensOxalis acetosella woodland) and British NVC community W16 (Quercus spp.–Betula spp.–Deschampsia flexuosa woodland).
  3. ^ BSBI Description Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine. retrieved 1 December 2010.

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