Native to the Mediterranean region. Annual. C3.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
It is a common and widespread weed.
The dense one-sided cluster, the bristly appearance, and the presence of the upper fertile florets and the lower infertile florets make this a distinctive grass.
It is an environmental weed.
kynos: a dog, oura: a tail, referring to the shape of the flower cluster; echinatus: with prickles or spines, like a hedgehog.
1,2,3: Distinctive bristly, more or less, one-sided flower clusters. Castlemaine.