Wood Melick: an ancient woodland indicator | Nature Notes from Dorset

As with plants in general some grasses thrive in their preferred habitat and are rarely found anywhere than in those conditions that suit them best. Many plants cannot survive in the shade of woodland or hedgerows but wood melick (Melica uniflora) manages to admirably. Rarely found outside of old woodlands on dry and often chalky soils it flowers in May and June even though the leaf canopy from the trees is at its most dense.
Growing up to two feet tall it is a slender but spreading grass with small florets appearing along the upper stems; at first glance they appear heart shaped but on closer examination they are formed of two spiklets alongside each other. The leaves are bright green, long and thin and tend to bend down under their own weight.
This grass often occurs with in association with bluebells and ramsons under beech trees

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