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Slender Barb-Grass

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Scientific Name:Parapholis strigosa
Image:  Diagram - Slender Barb-grass
Slender Barb-grass - plant
Ex Matters & Bozon

Other Common Names:

Sea Hard-grass


Native to Western European coasts. Naturalised in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales

Plant Description:

Annual grass up to 40 cm tall. Leaves smooth and hairless to 6 cm long and flat or folded. Flower-heads are erect, cylindrical, green or purplish spikes to 20 cm long and rigidly erect or very slightly curved. Individual flowers (florets) are alternate on the spike and embedded within the stem (rachis) with pairs of thin pointed outer husks or glumes. Flowers mainly in spring.


Mainly sandy soils. Also on clay loams and clays.

RegionSalinity ClassWaterlogging Class
Western, GippslandS2W2, W3


Commonly found in sandhills. Also found in
lignum swamps, bladder saltbush communities and coastal areas. Winter-spring growing grass, not grazed much by livestock.

Very similar to Coast Barb-grass (Parapholis incurva) and Common Barb-grass (Hainardia cylindrica) which also grow in saline environments. A simplified key to the Barb-grasses can be accessed here – Key to Barb-grasses.

Slender Barb-grass Photos

Slender Barb-grass - flower spikes
Slender Barb-grass - flower heads

Photo: A J Brown
Slender Barb-grass - plant
Slender Barb-grass - plant
Photo: A J Brown

Slender Barb-grass - stems
Slender Barb-grass - stems

Photo: A J Brown

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