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Anthoxanthum odoratum

Flouve odorante
Sweet Vernal Grass

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Plant family

Area

Les Maures

Flower size

6-10 mm

Flowering months

April,

May,

June

Leaf type

Linear

Height

to 80 cm

Description

Grows in tufts on grasslands, heaths and moors on acidic soil. When the grass is dried it smells like fresh hay with a hint of vanilla. This is one of the grasses that causes hayfever.

Flowers

The flowering spike is somewhat loose in appearance, having numerous hairy spikelets with pinkish/reddish stamens.

Leaves

Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass. Linear, elongated, 3-5 mm wide.

Fruits Seeds

Caryopsis: a dry fruit containing a grain.

Edible

Tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves.

Medical

The plant contains coumarin which can prevent the blood from coagulating.

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