Rough Meadow-grass: take the rough with the smooth | Nature Notes from Dorset

I can understand why people, including me, struggle to identify grasses. They are something of a specialist subject but grass is with us everywhere we look it seems and any significant vegetative or habitat survey is going to include grass; there is no escape! Once you start you find that grass is not just dull and green but quite attractive and interesting.
Rough Meadow-grass (Poa trivialis) is very, very similar to smooth meadow-grass so how do you tell them apart? Apart from what might seem obvious, one has slightly rough leaf sheaths and the other has smooth the books say rough meadow-grass has slightly paler leaves than smooth. That is fine seen side by side but not much help otherwise.
The saving grace here is that rough meadow-grass is not really a grass of meadows at all, it likes damp, shady places and is often found along woodland rides and woodland fringes. 

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