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Alopecurus myosuroides Huds.
Family Poaceae
Common name: Slender Foxtail, Blackgrass, Black Twitch

Alopecurus myosuroides Huds. APNI*

Synonyms: Alopecurus agrestis L. APNI*

Description: Erect, slender, tufted annual to 0.7 (-0.9) m high.

Leaves with sheath somewhat inflated in the upper part; ligule truncate to obtuse, irregularly toothed, 1–5 mm long; blade flat, (1.5-) 2–8 mm wide, minutely scabrous.

Panicle cylindrical, dense, tapering at both ends, 2–12 cm long, mostly 3–6 mm wide, the branches usually bearing only 1 spikelet. Spikelets 4.5–7 mm long. Glumes narrow-oblong to ovate, acute, united to the middle, (4-) 4.5–7 mm long, shortly ciliate on the keels, margins ciliate, the nerves hairy below. Lemma ovate, acute, keeled, subequal to the glumes; awn (8-) 10–12 mm long, inserted near the base of the lemma.

Flowering: mainly spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Weed of cultivated or disturbed ground. Native of Eur. & Asia.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CT, *CWS
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
AVH map***

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings; revised by P.G. Kodela (August 2012)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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