West Highland Flora

Common Quaking-grass

Briza media


Briza media

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
Jun 1966 Devil's Dyke, Sussex

Rare in alkaline grassland, but quite frequent on Lismore.

Shoots c 15-75 cm high.  Spikelets c 4-7 mm long

ID: Spikelets hanging downwards with broad glumes and lemmas arranged as in picture on left - nothing else like it.

Other features: 4-12 flowers per spikelet, usually purplish.  Inflorescence branched, spreading, with spikelets solitary on the ends of branchlets mostly 1 cm or more long.  Produces leafy shoots around the base from the ends of short rhizomes.

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