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Briza minor
little quaking grass

Distribution: Well established in Eastern North America; occasional on the West coast.

Habitat: Dry waste areas.

Flowers: May - June

Origin: Introduced from the Mediterranean region

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous annual, the culms up to 5 dm. tall, hollow.


Sheaths open; membranous ligule 1-4 mm. long; blades flat, 2-8 mm. broad.


Inflorescence a pyramidal panicle 5-15 cm. long; spikelets broadly triangular, 4- to 6-flowered; glumes at right-angles to the rachilla, 2-2.5 mm. long, prow-like at the tip; lemmas cordate-based, 2 mm. long and 1.5 mm. broad; paleas shorter than the lemmas; lodicules 2, lanceolate, 0.7 mm. long.



Accepted Name:
Briza minor L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 70. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Briza minor in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Briza minor checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Briza minor atlas page.

CalPhotos: Briza minor photos.

USDA Plants: Briza minor information.

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