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Marsh Foxtail Grass


Common in low meadows and along shallow streams is the Marsh Foxtail, (Alopecurus geniculatus,) a widely distributed grass of rich, dark-green colour.

A more slender plant than Meadow Foxtail, it bears shorter spikes and spikelets, while there is an important difference in the empty scales of the two species, those of Marsh Foxtail being not only much shorter but also quite obtuse.

The slender stems, bending and spreading at the base, are sparingly branched, and it will be noticed that the upper leaf is as long as its sheath, as is seldom the case in Meadow Foxtail.