Common name: Ludo Wild Oats
Avena ludoviciana Durieu APNI*
Description: Robust annual to 1.5 m high.
Leaves with ligule obtuse to acute, 0.5–8 mm long; blade to 18 mm wide, occasionally with scattered long hairs.
Panicle loose, pyramidal, 10–45 cm long. Spikelets 25–30 mm long, with 2 or 3 florets, disarticulating between glumes and lowest lemma only. Glumes subequal, acute, 14–32 mm long, glabrous. Lemmas ovate, 10–25 mm long, lowest 60% clothed with long silky hairs; notched at the tip with short teeth; 2 lower florets awned, awn dark, 17–60 mm long, geniculate and twisted.
Distribution and occurrence: A widespread weed of cereal and other crops. Native to Eur. & W Asia.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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