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Melica uniflora – a grass of shady places

This is one of the most distinctive and easy to identify grass species because of the bristle at the summit of the leaf sheath (Cope and Gray 2009; p 424). This is not the ligule; which is blunt and on the opposite side of the stem. The diagram in Poland and Clement (2009) is very good on p 98. Note the length of the scattered hairs on the surface of the leaf in the T/S of the leaf above.

Also note the ridges on the oval stem which has a hollow centre as well as long scattered hairs.