Briza maxima Poaceae Greater Quaking Grass

Briza maxima 21kb

Description - This is a distinctive grass, with compact, almost rectangular florets that shake in the breeze. They start out as a pale green with deep brown bases, then fade to a pale golden brown. Plants reach about 30cms in height, and leaves are pale green.

Habitat - Mostly found on dry, hot banks, and can become a persistent weed in gardens, so think twice before introducing it!

Comments - The species has long been known (since 1889) in the Channel Islands, and also in the south of England. It originates from the Mediterranean, and was probably brought here for ornamental purposes.

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