Briza minor

Common name: 

Lesser Quaking Grass

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

All regions (all grids) naturalised all States except NT

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Disturbed and sandy areas1

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract1


Tufted annual grass to 60 cm high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species differs from Briza maxima by having 3-7 mm spikelets that are numerous in a panicle. Briza maxima has spikelets to 10 mm long and up to 15 per panicle1

Image of Briza minor
Conservation status:



1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria