Deschampsia

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Deschampsia

 

a genus of perennial grasses of the family Gramineae. The inflorescence is a panicle, and the spikelets have 2-3 flowers. There are about 60 species (up to 100 according to other data) in cold and temperate regions of the northern and southern hemispheres and the mountains of the tropics. About 15 species grow in the USSR. Tufted hair grass (D. caespitosa) is widespread; it is a grass growing in large dense tussocks, frequently forming large thickets in moist and marshy meadows, shrubs, clearings, and the shores of bodies of water; livestock eat the young plants. Wavy hair grass (D. flexuosd) is found primarily in the northern half of the European USSR, chiefly in dry pine groves, meadows, and brush; it is a pasture plant and a valuable feed plant for reindeer.

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leaves from bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus); willow herb (Chamaenerion angustifolium); Lapland lousewort (Pedicularis lapponica); goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea); tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia caespitosa); three-leafed rush (Juncus trifidus); and stiff sedge (Carex bigelowii).
Graminoids, such as tufted hair-grass, were relatively low in Ca, as were aquatic plants.
This particular part of the West Mendip Way is an SSI - 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' - because of its unique Somerset hair-grass.