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What are they?

The oats are a small group of rather similar species, typified by their rather large flowers in open heads.

Where are they found?

Oats turn up as occasional adventives of waste and disturbed ground but seldom become established for long and are usually relics of cultivation.


The species of oats are readily identified by their distinctive, almost over-sized flowers.

Wild-oat      Avena fatua

Occasionally found as a relic of cultivation, in arable fields and other areas of disturbed ground. Flowers June to September.
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Flower spike
Flower close-up