Seed heads and leaf. Photo: Forest and Kim Starr, Hawaii

Plant. Photo: Forest and Kim Starr, Hawaii

Plant. Photo: N Sloth, Denmark

Line drawing in Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol.1: 253

Common Name

Winter Grass, Annual Poa, Goose Grass, Annual Meadow Grass




Introduced annual or short lived perennial grass to 50cm tall, often mat-forming. Leaves with a hairless sheath at the base. Ligule a membrane without a rim of hairs. Leaves folded lengthwise or flat, 0.5-14cm long, 1-5mm wide, hairless to slightly rough, with slightly rough edges and blunt or pointed tips. Spikelets green, reddish, or purplish, 3-10mm long. Seeds with 0 bristles. Mature seed heads cylindrical to spreading.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 133

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