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Italian Rye-grass - Occurrence

Two species of rye-grass commonly occur in the UK: Italian Rye-grass (Lolium multiflorum) and perennial rye-grass (Lolium perenne). 

Perennial rye-grass rarely occurs as a serious weed in UK arable crops, except after rye-grass seed crops, whereas Italian rye-grass is an increasing problem, especially in autumn-sown crops.

Italian rye-grass


Perennial rye-grass


Distribution of Italian and perennial rye-grass based on 10 x 10 km grid records in the Atlas of the British Flora (2002).

Source: The New Atlas of the British and Irish Flora. C. D. Preston, D.A. Pearman and T.D. Dines, 2002 (Oxford University Press)