Avena ludoviciana Durieu

Winter Wild-oat

Actes Soc. Linn. Bordeaux 20: 41 (1855) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Culms erect, to 150 cm high. Leaves glabrous or sparsely ciliate near base; blade finely scabrous to 45 cm long and 25 mm wide; ligule membranous, to 8 mm long. Inflorescence a loose but rather narrow panicle to 40 cm long. Spikelets drooping, 2–5-flowered; glumes lanceolate, 20–30 mm long, 7–9-nerved; lemma lanceolate, 14–23 mm long (including apical lobes), bilobed at apex with teeth to c. 1 mm long, the lower two lemmas with silky hairs over the lower two-thirds, upper florets (if present) commonly glabrous; awn 30–60 mm long, inserted below midway on lemma; palea 3–6 mm shorter than lemma. Florets falling united at maturity. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

*GipP, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Of scattered occurrence on roadsides, vacant land and natural grasslands and grassy woodlands.

Very close to A. sterilis and formerly regarded as a subspecies of it, differing only in its overall smaller floral parts.

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 (as Avena sterilis subsp. ludoviciana (Durieu) Nyman).
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2015-07-10
Distribution map
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 ludoviciana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Avena ludoviciana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised

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