Parapholis strigosa (Dumort.) C.E.Hubb.

Slender Barb-grass

Blumea, suppl. 3: 14 (1946) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tufted, more or less erect, to 40 cm high. Leaves smooth glabrous; blade flat or folded, to 6 cm long and 2 mm wide; upper sheath not inflated; ligule minutely toothed, to 1 mm long. Spikes to 20 cm long, straight and rigidly erect, rarely purplish, mostly fewer than 8 per plant. Glumes subequal, 4–5-nerved, 4–6 mm long, slightly longer than internodes; lemma and palea thinly membranous, 1–2 mm shorter than glumes; anthers 1.5–4 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *MuF, *MuM, *OtP, *RobP, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. Also naturalised in SA, NSW. Indigenous to western European coasts (rare in Mediterranean). Largely coextensive in Victoria with the Parapholis incurva species along coasts (e.g. Portland, Anglesea-Queenscliff area, Western Port coasts, Shallow Inlet, Lakes Entrance), but less common inland (e.g. Mildura, Mt Arapiles, Lake Bolac, Strathmerton areas).

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Parapholis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Parapholis strigosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Parapholis strigosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present introduced
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

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New South Wales