Plant. Photo: Forest and Kim Starr, Hawaii, USA

Spikelet and seed heads. In Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States .

Common Name

Rat's Tail Fescue, Fox Tail Fescue, Silver Grass




Introduced annual grass 5-70cm tall.  Leaves with a hairless sheath at the base.  Ligule a membrane without a fringe of hairs.  Leaves 2-17cm long, to 3mm wide, rolled, flat or the edges rolled inwards, hairy or bristly, with rough edges and a straight point.  Flower heads green or purple.  Spikelets 7-13mm long.  Mature seed groups cylindrical.  Seeds with one long awn, in groups of 3-10.

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 154

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