Phleum phleoides

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Phleum phleoides
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Phleum phleoides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Phleum
Species: P. phleoides
Binomial name
Phleum phleoides
(L.) H. Karst.

Phleum phleoides (common names: Boehmer's cat's-tail and purple-stem cat's-tail[1]) is a perennial grass native to most of Europe, North Africa, and temperate Asia. Culms are erect and 10–70 centimetres (3.9–27.6 in) in height; leaf blades are 5–12 centimetres (2.0–4.7 in) long by 1–3.5 millimetres (0.039–0.138 in) wide.[2]

It can be confused with related species Timothy-grass, Phleum pratense. However purple-stem cat's-tail prefers lighter soils and grows on chalk downland.[3]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ W.D. Clayton; M. Vorontsova; K.T. Harman; H. Williamson. "GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora". Royal Botanic Gardens. Kew: The Board of Trustees. 
  3. ^ Readers Digest Nature Lover's Library Wild Flowers of Britain. Reader's Digest. 1988. p. 430. 

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