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Lesser Canary-grass - introduced (*Phalaris minor)

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phalaris phalaris phalaris

Native to the Mediterranean region. Annual. C3.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).


Ways in which Lesser Canary-grass differs from Phalaris are that it is an annual, the glumes are prominently toothed near the apex, it is lower growing (to about 0.7 metres), and the flower clusters are often oval in shape. It is also less common.

Ways in which Paradoxical Canary-grass (Phalaris paradoxa) differs from Phalaris is that the fertile spikelet is surrounded by infertile spikelets.

It is an environmental weed.

Phalaris (Phalaris aquatica) is has untoothed glumes. It is a perennial.

1: The glumes are toothed near the summit.
Photos: Lesser Canary-grass. Campbell St, Castlemaine.