Native. Perennial. C3.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
It is widespread in native grasslands and good quality roadsides.
As the flower dries, the awns take on a beautiful curve, making it easy to distinguish it from the other grasses. It is moderately tall, up to about a metre.
Sometimes there are only one or two spikelets.
Common Wheat-grass can be distinguished from other grasses with unequal glumes, and long-awned lemmas (e.g. vulpias) by the curved mature awns, and the stalkless flowers. Vulpias are shorter grasses, usually 30cm high or less.
Elymus: millet; scaber: rough to the touch.
1: The spikelets are attatched directly to the main stalk. 2: The distinctive curved awns. 3: Base of a spikelet. The first glume is much shorter than the lemmas. The second glume (at the back) is longer than the first glume. Walmer.