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Trichophorum germanicum: deer grass

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Trichophorum germanicum: deer grass

If you find yourself in wet heathland in Dorset then you will surely find deer-grass (Trichophorum germanicum) in abundance. It is usually associated with upland moors and bogs and is quite rare in the south of England as a whole but the wet, acid conditions of the Dorset heaths is ideal for it and it thrives.

Also known as deer-sedge, deer-grass is a name applied to at least three species but, in Europe, Trichophorum germanicum has the honour. Even the Latin name has changed in recent year to add to the confusion being originally Trichophorum cesptiosum. It is not a grass, it is a sedge and I have not been able to establish is why it is linked to deer so all in all, it just shows how difficult names can be.

A small plant with small florets and growing in clumps it is one of the easier heathland sedges to identify.


 

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