Avena fatua L.

Wild Oat

Sp. Pl. 80 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Culms erect, to 150 cm high. Leaves glabrous; blade finely scabrous, to 45 cm long and 15 mm wide; ligule membranous, to 6 mm long. Inflorescence a spreading, open panicle to 40 cm long and 20 cm wide. Spikelets 2–3-flowered, drooping; glumes lanceolate, 18–25 mm long, 7–9-nerved; lemma lanceolate, 14–22 mm long (including the 2–4 apical teeth to 1 mm long), silky-hairy in lower half, rarely almost glabrous; awn 25–40 mm long, inserted about halfway up lemma; palea slightly shorter than lemma. Florets falling separately from each other at maturity. Flowers Sep.–Dec

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HFE, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *RobP, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Naturalised in all States. Native to southern Europe, but naturalised throughout much of the world. A common weed of cereal crops, roadsides and areas where hay is stored or has been spread, but relatively uncommon in the east, north-east and south-west.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Avena
Higher taxa
species Avena fatua L.


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Avena fatua in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Avena fatua 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 Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Highlands-Far East present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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