Retz., Obs. Bot. 3:8 (1783).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Lesser (or annual) canary-grass.
Glabrous annual, to 50 cm or more high, with erect or geniculate culms.
Panicle oblong-cylindrical, dense, 2-6 cm long; spikelets 5-6 mm long; glumes with a winged keel, 3-nerved, with broad membranous margins; sterile lemmas 1 (the first missing), bristle-like, nearly half as long as the floret; fertile lemma hairy.
Meredith (1955) The grasses and pastures of South Africa, fig. 61.
S.Aust.: LE, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. All States except the N.T. Native to the Mediterranean.
Flowering time: Oct. — Dec. or later.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
Grown for bird-seed and naturalised more widely than P. canariensis.
Not yet available