Is it a native?
Annual Cats-tail - introduced (*Rostraria cristata)
Native to Mediterannean and the Middle East. Annual. C3.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
- it is a small (7-50cm) tufted grass
- the flower cluster is dense and spike-like
- the glumes are about as long as the lemmas; the second glume is about as long as the lemmas and is 3-veined; the first glume is shorter and narrower, and is 1-veined
- the spikelets have about 5 lemmas
- the lemmas are shortly notched and a short awn (1-2mm) rises from the tip
- the leaves are flat and softly hairy
the ligules are blunt, becoming torn, and 0.5-1mm long.
The dense compact flower clusters, the relatively small size, and the shortly-awned lemmas are fairly distinctive. Scattered occurrence.
Rostaria: shortly beaked; cristata: comb-like, crested.
1,2: Annual Cat's -tail. Castlemaine. 3: Spikelets.