Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annuals or perennials, culms erect or decumbent. Leaf-blades flat; ligule membranous, short. Inflorescence a spike-like raceme with the rachis flattened or recessed to accommodate spikelets. Spikelets many-flowered, laterally compressed; glumes persistent, several-nerved, shorter than florets; lemma 7-nerved, linear-lanceolate, dorsally rounded with a terminal awn; palea ciliate, equal to body of lemma.

10 species, from Eurasia; 2 naturalised in Australia.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
Higher taxa
genus Brachypodium
Subordinate taxa