Alopecurus pratensis L.

Meadow Fox-tail

Rhizomatous perennial to 1 m tall. Leaves to about 40 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. Ligule membranous, to about 2 mm long and often "“eared". Inflorescence 2-9 cm long and to 1 cm wide. Spikelets (excluding the awns) 4-6 mm long; margin of lemma united for about 1 mm at the base.


A troublesome weed in pastures in some of the higher rainfall areas of south-eastern Australia, in particular in western Victoria.

A. myosuroides Huds., Slender Foxtail, is a minor weed, as are several other species.

Source: Spencer, R.; Aldous, D.; Stajsic, V.; McGeary, D (2005). Poaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Poales
family       Poaceae
genus        Alopecurus L.