Dog's-Tail-Grass, the Crested, or Cynosurus cristatus, L. an indigenous perennial plant, which grows in dry pastures, on a moist clayey soil, and blows in July. Its leaves are shorter than those of any of the pasture grasses; but they grow closely together, in great abundance, and are very palatable to cattle, particularly to sheep. - Bechstein affirms, that the latter animals grow remarkably fat by pasturing on the different species of dog's-tail grass; and that their flesh thence acquires a flavour peculiarly delicate. Hence this plant might be advantageously reared in fields designed for sheep-walks, but by no means as a mea-dow or hay-grass. Its straws are uncommonly hard and tough ; and, as they shoot up at a season when the leaves of all other grasses are very plentiful, they are not cropped by cattle, but generally suffered to stand and perfect their seeds, which afford a scanty subsistence to pigeons, at a time when their food is scarce.
Dog's-Tail-Grass, the Rough, or Cynosurus echinatus, L. an indigenous plant, growing in moist, sandy, or clayey soils, in the island of Jersey, and at Sandwich, in Kent; flowering in the month of July : its stalk seldom exceeds the height of two feet. - The mealy seeds of this vegetable may, in times of scarcity, be advantageously converted into Bread. - Bech-stein remarks, that sheep feeding on the Dog's-tail-grass, as well as the other species of this plant, become remarkably fat; and the mutton is of a peculiarly fine flavour.