Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennials, basal internodes often swollen and bulb-like. Leaves flat. Inflorescence a panicle. Spikelets 2-flowered, often with a rudimentary floret above; lower floret male with a geniculate awn inserted in the basal one-third, upper floret female or bisexual, usually with a short, straight bristle or awn, rarely both florets bisexual and awned; glumes persistent, unequal, hyaline, the lower 1–3-nerved, the upper 3–5-nerved; lemma 5–9-nerved; palea shorter than lemma. Florets falling as a unit at maturity.

6 species, from Europe and the Mediterranean region; 1 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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
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