Avena barbata Pott ex Link

Bearded Oat

J. Bot. (Schrader) 2: 314 (1800) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Culms erect, to 140 cm high. Leaves glabrous to sparsely ciliate; blade to 30 cm long and 8 mm wide; ligule membranous, irregularly toothed at apex, to 5 mm long. Inflorescence a slender but open, more or less one-sided panicle to 40 cm long. Spikelets 2–3-flowered; glumes lanceolate, 18–30 mm long, 5–9-nerved; lemma narrow-lanceolate, 12–25 mm long (including apical lobes), with long silky hairs in the lower half, setiform part of apical lobes 3–5 mm long, each occasionally with a shorter lateral bristle; awn 25–50 mm long, inserted about halfway up lemma; palea 2–4 mm shorter than lemma. Florets separating from each other at maturity. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *RobP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Naturalized in all States except NT. Native to the Mediterranean, but widely established in warmer temperate and tropical regions of the world. Of scattered occurrence on roadsides, railyards and in pasture over much of the State.

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: , 2015-07-10
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Avena
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Avena barbata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Avena barbata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain 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 introduced
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory