Anthoxanthum aristatum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPoaceaeAnthoxanthumAnthoxanthum aristatum


This annual was formerly a persistent weed of cereal crops on sandy or gravelly soils in S.E. England and East Anglia, but is now found only as a rare casual of cultivated ground and in waste places, and around paper mills and dock quaysides. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of S. Europe; widespread as a naturalised or casual introduction further north.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 4

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.9

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16

Annual Precipitation (mm): 775

Height (cm): 40

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 93

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 1

Atlas Change Index: -2.65

JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (403d)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
Ryves TB, Clement EJ, Foster MC
1996.  Alien grasses of the British Isles.