Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Tufted or shortly rhizomatous annuals or perennials, commonly coumarin-scented. Leaf-blades flat; ligules membranous. Inflorescence a condensed panicle; glumes 2, very unequal, the lower 1-nerved, the upper 3-nerved and longer than florets. Spikelets 3-flowered, the fertile, membranous 5–7-nerved lemma subtended by 2 longer, firmer, dorsally awned, 3-nerved sterile ones, falling together; palea 1-nerved, shorter than fertile lemma.

20 species of temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, but widely naturalised; 2 in Australia and Victoria.

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
Higher taxa
genus Anthoxanthum
Subordinate taxa