131619 BEARDED COUCH Elymus caninus Height to 1m. Tufted perennial with downy stem joints. Grows in damp, shady places in woods and hedgerows. FLOWERS are borne in a somewhat lax, unbranched inflorescence, the spikelets alternate and with a long, straight awn (Jun-Aug). FRUITS are small, dry nutlets. LEAVES are flat. STATUS-Widespread and locally common in England and Wales.