Seed heads. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Peter Ormay, Canberra, ACT

Flower head. Photo: Luigi Rignanese, Italy

Line drawing in Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States

Common Name

Lesser Canary Grass, Annual Canary Grass




Introduced annual grass to 1.8m tall. Leaves with a smooth sheath at the base. Ligule a membrane without a fringe of hairs. Leaves flat, 2-30cm long, 3-13mm wide, hairless, smooth to slightly rough, edges slightly rough, with a long fine point. Spikelets green, 4-7mm long. Seeds with 0 bristles. Mature seed heads elliptical to cylindrical.

Description, photo, and line drawing of seed (Fig. 29d) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 131

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