Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Tufted or rhizomatous annuals or perennials. Inflorescence a contracted, often spike-like panicle. Spikelets 1-flowered; glumes 2, equal, falling with lemma, 3-nerved, exceeding lemmas, sometimes partly fused, unawned; lemma 5–7-nerved, entire, glabrous or hairy, dorsally awned, membranous; palea reduced or absent.

About 20 species from Eurasia and temperate South America; 4 naturalised in Australia, 3 in Victoria.

Alopecurus myosuroides Huds. (syn A. agrestis L.) is currently recognized as occurring in WA, SA, NSW and Tas. A specimen, labelled 'Goulburn, Dec. 1900' but of doubtful origin, exists at MEL. In the absence of further substantiating records, the species has been removed from the Victorian flora, but its absence from Victoria is puzzling.

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, 2019-01-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
Higher taxa
genus Alopecurus
Subordinate taxa