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Slender Meadow Foxtail (Alopecurus myosuroides)
Slender Meadow Foxtail (Alopecurus myosuroides)
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Alopecurus L., or Foxtail Grass, is a genus of the grass family Poaceae with about 25 species.

Foxtails occur in northern temperate regions. They can be annual or perennial. They grow in tufts. They have flat leaves and blunt ligules (a small flap at the junction of leaf and stem). Their inflorescence is a dense panicle (a branching head without terminal flower) with 1-flowered spikelets. A few, particularly A. myosuroides, are considered weeds, others are very decorative and are used in bouquets of dried flowers.


  • Alopecurus aequalis - Orange Foxtail, Short Foxtail
    • Alopecurus aequalis aequalis - Short-awn Meadow-foxtail, Shortawn Foxtail
    • Alopecurus aequalis sonomensis - Sonoma Shortawn Foxtail, Sonoma Alopecurus
  • Alopecurus alpinus - Alpine Foxtail
    • Alopecurus alpinus alpinus - Boreal Alopecurus
  • Alopecurus anthoxantoides
  • Alopecurus arundinaceous - Reed Foxtail, Creeping Foxtail, Creeping Meadow Foxtail
  • Alopecurus bonariensis
  • Alopecurus brachystachus
  • Alopecurus bulbosus - Bulbous Foxtail
  • Alopecurus carolinianus - Carolina Foxtail, Tufted Meadow Foxtail
  • Alopecurus creticus - Cretan Meadow Foxtail
  • Alopecurus geniculatus - Bent Foxtail, Marsh Meadow Foxtail
    • Alopecurus geniculatus geniculatus - Water Foxtail
    • Alopecurus geniculatus microstachys - Water Foxtail
    • Alopecurus geniculatus patagonicus
Meadow Foxtail (Alepocurus pratensis) from Thomé, Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885
  • Alopecurus heliochloides
  • Alopecurus japonicus - Japanese Foxtail
  • Alopecurus lanatus
  • Alopecurus magellanicus
    • Alopecurus magellanicus bracteatus
    • Alopecurus magellanicus magellanicus
  • Alopecurus myosuroides - Slender Meadow Foxtail, Black Grass, Twitch Grass, Black Twitch
  • Alopecurus pratensis - Meadow Foxtail
  • Alopecurus rendlei - Rendle's Meadow Foxtail
  • Alopecurus saccatus - Pacific Foxtail
  • Alopecurus utriculatus
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