Phalaris angusta Nees ex Trin.

Sp. Gram. 1: t.78 (1827) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Slender, erect, rather few-leaved annual to c. 80 cm high. Leaves smooth, glabrous; blade to c. 30 cm long, 11 mm wide; ligule obtuse, often becoming torn, 3–8 mm long, Panicle dense, cylindric, 2–15 cm long. Spikelets 3–4.5 mm long; glumes 3-nerved, subequal, winged on the keel in the upper two-thirds, keel scabrous; sterile lemmas subequal, about one-third as long as fertile lemma, narrow, appressedly pilose; fertile lemma ovate-lanceolate, acute to acuminate at apex, 2–3.6 mm long, sericeous. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

*NIS. Also naturalised WA, Qld, NSW. Native to S. America and southern N. America. Known in Victoria from 2 collections from seasonally inundated flats of the upper Murray River near Corryong.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2016-03-23
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2018-05-25
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Phalaris
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Phalaris angusta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Phalaris angusta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory