Shortspike Canary Grass Seeds - Phalaris brachystachys

Botanical name: Phalaris brachystachys

Other names: Shortspike Canary Grass

Family: Poaceae

Distribution: Portugal

Origin : Poland


Annual; caespitose. Culms erect, or geniculately ascending; 30–90 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades 10–20 cm long; 2–8 mm wide.


Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle spiciform; ovate; 1.5–4 cm long; 0.8–1.8 cm wide. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled.


Spikelets comprising 2 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets obovate; laterally compressed; compressed strongly; 6.3–8.5 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret.


Glumes persistent; similar; exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume elliptic; 6.3–8.5 mm long; 1 length of upper glume; chartaceous; 1-keeled; winged on keel; winged above; 3 -veined. Lower glume surface glabrous, or pilose. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume elliptic; 6.3–8.5 mm long; 1.4–1.5 length of adjacent fertile lemma; chartaceous; 1-keeled; winged on keel; winged above; 3 -veined. Upper glume surface glabrous, or pilose. Upper glume apex acute.


Basal sterile florets similar; barren; without significant palea; attached to and deciduous with the fertile. Lemma of lower sterile floret ovate; 0.6–1.2 mm long; 0.1–0.2 length of fertile lemma; fleshy; acute. Fertile lemma elliptic; laterally compressed; 4.5–5.5 mm long; cartilaginous; shiny; keeled; 5 -veined. Lemma surface pubescent. Lemma apex acute. Palea cartilaginous; 2 -veined; without keels. Palea surface pubescent.


Anthers 3. Ovary glabrous. Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; 3.5–3.9 mm long. Hilum linear.


Europe: southwestern and southeastern. Africa: north and Macaronesia. Asia-temperate: Caucasus and western Asia. Asia-tropical: Papuasia. North America: northwest USA, southwest USA, and south-central USA

Our Phalaris Seeds

Our Phalaris Seeds are higher quality because they're freshly harvested by knowledgeable family farmers, as well as they're stored in the cold and dark. It contains a high content of essential oils.

Our Phalaris Seeds are ethically harvested by local family farmers.


Our products are of the highest quality but they have not been certified by the FDA neither Health Canada for human consumption. Therefore, we have to specify that they cannot be sold for human consumption. They are sold for incense and soap making purposes, decorative purposes and/or legitimate ethnobotanical research. The information given about the plants is for academic purposes only and not intended to be used medically. TrancePlants, its suppliers, agents, employees and distributors cannot be held accountable for any misuse of the products offered.

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