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.
Derivation of specific name:
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

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Launert, E. (1971). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(1) Pages 45 - 47. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 101.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Briza maxima
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Briza maxima
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Briza maxima
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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Briza maxima., retrieved 22 October 2020

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