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HARE’S-TAIL COTTONGRASS Eriophorum vaginatum (Cyperaceae) Height to 50cm. Tussock-forming perennial of moors and heaths on acid, peaty soil. FLOWERS comprise a terminal spikelet emerging from an inflated sheath (Apr-May). FRUITS are yellowish brown with cottony hairs. LEAVES are very narrow. STATUS-Widespread and locally common in N and W Britain, and Ireland.