Briza minor L.

Lesser Quaking Grass

Sp. Pl. 70 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tufted annual to 60 cm high. Leaves glabrous; blade to 14 cm long and 10 mm wide, finely scabrous along margins and upper surface; ligule 2–6 mm long, blunt. Inflorescence an open, ovoid panicle. Spikelets 4–8-flowered, drooping, plump, triangular, broadly ovate to almost circular, 3–5 mm long and wide, shining; glumes 3–5-nerved, subequal, 2–3.5 mm long, firm, widely spreading, dorsally rounded, glabrous; lemmas resembling glumes, often described as glabrous but at least in some specimens the firmer central portion of the lemma bearing inflated, readily caducous hairs; palea c. two-thirds as long as lemma, the back of the palea in some specimens observed with readily-deciduous inflated hairs. Flowers Aug.–Dec.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *RobP, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. Naturalised in all States except NT, also widely in warmer temperate countries. Native to the Mediterranean region. Occurs in similar habitats to (and often with) Briza maxima, extending further into the semiarid areas of north-west and into the subalps.

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, 2020-01-02
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Briza
Higher taxa
species Briza minor L.


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Briza minor in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Briza minor in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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Northern Territory
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