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Phalaris (Phalaris aquatica)

Potential Distribution | Present Distribution

Scientific name:Phalaris aquatica L.

Common name:

Toowoomba canary grass


Not declared noxious in Victoria.


Widely used as a pasture species where annual rainfall exceeds 450 mm (Muyt 2001). It prefers fertile, seasonally moist sites (Muyt 2001). Commonly spreads from pastures, road verges and drainage ditches to adjacent indigenous vegetation (Muyt 2001). Toowoomba canary grass invades dry coastal vegetation, heathland and heathy woodland, lowland grassland and grassy woodland, dry sclerophyll forest and woodland, damp sclerophyll forest, riparian vegetation and freshwater wetland (seasonal) (Carr
et al 1992).

Photo: Phalaris seed head
Phalaris seed head
Photo: Mark Imhof
Photo: Phalaris plant
Phalaris plant
Photo: Mark Imhof
Photo: Phalaris seed plants
Phalaris plants
Photo: Mark Imhof
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