Anthoxanthum odoratum L.

Sweet Vernal Grass

Tufted short-lived perennial to about 80 cm tall giving off a strong aroma of coumarin. Leaf blade rolled in bud. Ligule membranous, blunt 1-5 mm long. Sheath not flattened, slightly hairless. Inflorescence a spike-like panicle to about 10 cm long. Spikelets to about 1 cm long and stalked; spring to summer.

Europe and temperate Asia, North Africa and North America

A widespread weed in grazed areas, of little agricultural or turf value, occurring in all states except the Northern Territory and cooler regions of Victoria.

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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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Poales
family       Poaceae
genus        Anthoxanthum L.