Native to the Mediterranean area. Annual. C3.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
Bearded Oat is very common in the district, and the great majority of the avenas are this species. It is very common along roadsides and in weedy areas.
It is an environmental weed.
Avena: oat; barbata: bearded, with tufts of long weak hairs.
1,2,3 4: Spikelets 1: 3: Spikelet opened out, showing lemmas with brownish hairs at the base, the awn rising from the backs of the lemmas, and the bristly tips of the lemmas.
5: Open flower cluster, typical of Bearded Oat. Castlemaine.