Cynosurus cristatus L.

Crested Dog's Tail

Small, compact, tufted perennial. Leaf folded, but may be rolled in mature plants. Leaf blade flat and tapering to a point, distinctly veined, shiny undersurface, hairless, margins rough. Ligule 0.5-1.5 mm, membranous, whitish, blunt. Sheath slightly flattened and yellowish at the base. Inflorescence an erect, spike-like panicle with densely clustered spikelets.

Europe and Asia

Of value for fodder, pasture and turf, but generally regarded as a weedy 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        Cynosurus L.