L. Sp. Pl. 69 (1753).
Classification. (GPWG 2001) : Subfamily Pooideae.
Type of Basionym or
Protologue Information: LT: (LINN-87.41). LT designated by Soreng in
Cafferty et al., Taxon 49(2): 255 (2000).
(books and floras):  D.Sharp & B.K.Simon, AusGrass, Grasses of
Australia,  S.W.L.Jacobs, R.D.B.Walley & D.J.B.Wheeler, Grasses
of New South Wales (349),  A.Wilson (ed.). Flora of Australia,
Vol 44A. Poaceae 2 (310).
 S.W.L.Jacobs, R.D.B.Whalley & D.J.B.Wheeler, Grasses of New South
Wales, 4th edn (349).
Perennial. Rhizomes present, elongated. Culms erect or geniculately ascending,
stature slender to delicate, 10–60 cm tall, wiry, 4–6 -noded. Mid-culm
internodes glabrous. Lateral branches simple or branched. Leaves mostly basal.
Leaf-sheaths smooth. Ligule an eciliate membrane or a fringed membrane, a
ciliolate membrane, 0.4–1.3(–3) mm long, abaxially hairy, truncate or obtuse.
Leaf-blades flat or conduplicate, 2–12 cm long, 1–4 mm wide. Leaf-blade surface
smooth or scaberulous, glabrous.
Inflorescence compound, a panicle. Panicle oblong or ovate, dense or loose,
1.2–10 cm long, 0.5–3 cm wide.
Spikelets pedicelled. Fertile spikelets many flowered, with at least 2 fertile
florets (3–10), comprising 3–10 fertile floret(s), with diminished florets at
the apex, elliptic or oblong or ovate, laterally compressed, 3–8 mm long.
similar. Lower glume ovate, membranous, keeled, 1-keeled, 3 -nerved. Upper
glume ovate, 1.6–3 mm long, membranous, keeled, 1-keeled, 3–5 -nerved.
Fertile lemma 2–3 mm long, keeled, 5 -nerved. Lodicules present. Anthers 3.
Distribution: Europe, Africa, Temperate Asia, Tropical Asia, Australasia,
North America, and South America.
Distribution: New South Wales, Tasmania.
New South Wales:
Central Coast, Northern Tablelands, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands,
Central-Western Slopes. Tasmania: West Coast, East Coast.
Introduced. Widespread, native to Europe. Coloniser of waste lands and
disturbed ground, often on shallow well-drained soils, also a weed of pasture.