Briza maxima L.

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Briza maxima

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Woodland Rd, Vumba

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Common names: Giant quaking-grass (English) Greater quaking-grass (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Annual, to 60 cm. Inflorescence of usually 3-8 large spikelets, secund, drooping at the apex. Spikelets large, 10-25 mm. Glumes hyaline, shining, broadly ovate.
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Habitat: High rainfall parts of Zimbabwe; a weed of roadsides and disturbed places.
Altitude range: (metres) 1600 - 1710 m
Flowering time:Jul - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Mediterranean region
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E
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Images last updated: Monday 13 August 2007


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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Briza maxima
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Briza maxima
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Briza maxima
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West African Plants database: Briza maxima

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Briza maxima., retrieved 1 June 2016

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