Port ex Link, Schrad. J. Bot. 2:315 (1799).
Synonymy: A. alba sensu J. H. Willis, Hdbk pl. Vic. 124 (1970), non Vahl.
Common name: Bearded oat.
Annual, with flat leaves and a loose 1-sided panicle.
Spikelets large, very open, drooping from the long pedicels, with 2 or 3 florets; glumes rather unequal; lemmas with long white hairs and ending in 2 long scarious bristles, so that the floret is at least twice as long as the first glume; all florets awned.
Burbidge (1966) Australian grasses 1:pl. 14.
S.Aust.: NU, GT, FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic. Native to the Mediterranean.
Flowering time: can occur at most times but usually Sept. — Jan.
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A common weed of disturbed land.
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