Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Tufted annuals or perennials. Leaf-blades flat; ligules membranous. Inflorescence a contracted, more or less one-sided panicle. Spikelets of two kinds, the fertile ones 1–5-flowered, each subtended by a persistent sterile spikelet consisting of several stiff, subulate, distichously arranged bracts or sterile lemmas; fertile spikelet with membranous glumes, lemmas firm, apically awned.

4 species, from Europe, northern Africa and south-western Asia; 2 species naturalised in Australia, both in Victoria.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
Higher taxa
genus Cynosurus
Subordinate taxa