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False Oat Grass


False Oat Grass

What is Grass?
Before discussing false oat-grass, lets clear up the haze from the word 'grass'. The term 'grass' includes all plants of the gramineae family. These are usually short plants with long, narrow leaves, jointed stems, flowers in spikelets and seed-like fruit, and include wheat, rye, barley, oats, etc. People grow different species of grasses as an ornamental plant for their lawns.


An Introduction to False Oat Grass
Botanically termed as arrhenatherum elatius, this specie of grass is pretty common in the temperate regions of Europe. Also known by names of tall oat-grass and tall meadow oat; false oat grass is quite common in grasslands, roadsides and rough grounds. It is found especially in prairies, at the side of roads and in uncultivated fields.

False oat-grass is one of the tallest grasses and it can grow upto the height of 150 cm. The leaves of this weed is about 10 mm wide. As an ornamental plant, it has become increasingly popular in gardens.


Other Botanical Specifications:

  • Group: Monocot
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Graminoid.
False oat-grass or arrhenatherum elatius is one of the tallest grasses of poaceae family. It is found especially in prairies, at the side of roads and in uncultivated fields. This grass is used as a:
  • Fodder: As a fodder, or animal feed, it is used specifically to feed domesticated livestock, such as cattle, goats, sheep, horses, chickens and pigs. It is a palatable grass for livestock as it contain high amounts of phosphorous and calcium in its tissues.
  • Ornamental Plant: *False oat-grass is also grown as ornamental grasses in many gardens. As a garden weed, this grass is quite popular in many European countries.  Their narrow leaves with parallel veins, small flowers, and basically hollow stems; increases the aura of any garden by several folds.

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