Phalaris minor

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Phalaris minor
File:Phalaris minor.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Phalaris
Species: P. minor
Binomial name
Phalaris minor
Retz.

Phalaris minor is a species of grass native to North Africa, Europe, and South Asia.[1] The bunchgrass is widely naturalised elsewhere.

Common names include little seed canary grass, small-seeded canary grass, small canary grass,[2] lesser canary grass,[3] guli danda (Hindi), and sittee booti (Urdu).[4]

Description

Phalaris minor grows as a tufted annual bunchgrass up to 1.8 metres (5.9 ft) in height. It has a spike-like panicle.[3]

Taxonomy

It has had an uneventful taxonomic history. It was first published under its current name by Anders Jahan Retzius in 1783, and has retained that name since. It has no synonyms, and no infraspecific taxa.[5]

Uses

It is used as a fodder or forage for livestock and birdseed, but is poisonous to some mammals, and is a potential contaminant of seed crops.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Phalaris minor Retz.". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) online database. 
  2. "Sorting Phalaris names". Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 New South Wales Flora Online: Phalaris minor by Retz., Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney, Australia.
  4. Phalaris minor. IDAO.
  5. "Phalaris minor Retz.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
      
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