*Briza minor

Family Poaceae

Shivery grass

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

Flowers: September – November. Wind pollinated.

Fruit: Dry, one-seeded, indehiscent fruit.

Seed: Dispersed locally.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Europe, reported naturalised in Sydney by 1804.
  • Weed of disturbed areas, gardens and wastelands.
  • Minor weed in grassland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Killed by fire.
  • C3 cool season metabolism.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the AustralianBotanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Briza minor flower