L., Sp. Pl. 80 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Wild (or black) oat.
Annual, with flat leaves and a loose pyramidal panicle.
Spikelets large, very open, drooping from long filiform pedicels, with 2 or 3 florets, all or the 2 lower ones awned; rhachilla villous, articulated between the florets; glumes subequal, c. 25 mm long, longer than the florets; lemmas golden-brown, covered with long hairs, rarely subglabrous, shortly 2-fid so as to end in 2 fine teeth; awn twice as long as the spikelet.
Burbidge (1968) Australian grasses 2:pl. 12.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE. All States. Probably native to the Mediterranean.
Flowering time: can occur at any time, but usually Sept. — Dec.
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A common weed of disturbed land. Palatable when young.
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