Briza minor L.

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Briza minor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Botanic Garden

Briza minor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Botanic Garden

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Synonyms: Briza deltoidea Burm. f.
Briza virens L.
Common names: Lesser quaking grass (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Annual tufted grass up to 60 cm.
Notes: Superficially similar to B. maxima which has a less open panicle with much larger spikelets (10-25mm).
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In damp cultivated places and lawns.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jul - Dec
Worldwide distribution: A native of the Mediteranean region, naturalised in wetter and temperate areas.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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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 46 - 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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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Briza minor
African Plant Database: Briza minor
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Briza minor
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Briza minor
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Briza minor
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Briza minor
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Briza minor
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Briza minor
iNaturalist: Briza minor
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Briza minor
JSTOR Plant Science: Briza minor
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Briza minor
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Briza minor
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Briza minor
Plants of the World Online: Briza minor
The Plant List (version 1.1): Briza minor
Tropicos: Briza minor
Wikipedia: Briza minor

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Briza minor., retrieved 21 September 2020

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