*Vulpia bromoides

Family Poaceae

Squirrel Tail Fescue

Tufted annual grass to 40 cm high, longevity less than 1 year.

Flowers: Spring. Wind pollinated.

Fruit: Dry one-seeded, indehiscent fruit.

Seed: Dispersed by adhesion.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Mediterranean.
  • Weed of grassland and disturbed places.
  • Common weed in grassland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Killed by fire.
  • C3 cool season metabolism.

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

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Vulpia bromoides plant

Vulpia bromoides fruit