*Briza maxima

Family Poaceae

Quaking grass

Glabrous annual grass to 60 cm high. Longevity less than one year.

Flowers: Spring. Wind pollinated.

Fruit: Dry, one-seeded, indehiscent fruit.

Seed: Dispersed locally.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Mediterranean region.
  • Weed in disturbed grassland.
  • Occasional, minor weed in grassland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Probably killed by fire.
  • C3 cool season metabolism.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Briza maxima plant

Briza maxima flower