Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Monocotyledon Literature for Briza minor
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Poaceae -- The Grass Family Bibliography
      Briza minor

Common name(s): quaking grass, little quaking grass
General Information
DistributionNative to Europe, now widely naturalized.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

Annuals; culms slender, up to 75 cm tall.
Sheaths loose, striate, nodes glabrous, with a few scattered hairs below, ca. 5 cm long; ligule membranous, ca. 3 mm long; blades linear, up to 7.5 cm long, up to 4 mm wide, margins minutely scaberulous, base subcordate.
Inflorescence a loose panicle up to 10 cm long, up to 8 cm wide, the branches ascending to erect, filiform, ultimate ones apparently dichotomously branched, each ending in a drooping spikelet; spikelets many-flowered, laterally compressed; first glume at right angles to rachilla, boat-shaped, ca. 2.4 mm long, median portion 3-nerved, margins scarious, apex rounded; second glume ca. 2.4 mm long; first lemma ca. 1.5 mm long, base cordate, widely clasping; palea 2-nerved, winged, nerves ciliate.
Caryopsis brown, boat-shaped, pointed, ca. 1 mm long.
2n = 10, 14