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Phalaris minor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Phalaris
Species: P. minor
Binomial name
Phalaris minor

Phalaris minor is a species of grass native to northern Africa, Europe and Asia, and widely naturalised elsewhere.

Common names include little seed canary grass, small-seeded canary grass, small canary grass[1] and lesser canary grass.[2]



It grows as a tufted annual up to 1.8 metres in height, with a spike-like panicle.[2]


It has had an uneventful taxonomic history. It was first published under its current name by Anders Jahan Retzius in 1783, and has retained that name since. It has no synonyms, and no infraspecific taxa.[3]

Distribution and habitat

It is native to northern Africa, Europe and Asia; and widely naturalised elsewhere.[4]

Uses and economic importance

It is used as a fodder or forage for livestock and birdseed, but is poisonous to some mammals, and is a potential contaminant of seed crops.[4]


  1. ^ "Sorting Phalaris names". Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database. Retrieved 2009-01-08.  
  2. ^ a b New South Wales Flora Online: Phalaris minor by Retz., Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney, Australia
  3. ^ "Phalaris minor Retz.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.  
  4. ^ a b "Phalaris minor Retz.". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) online database.  


Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales
Familia: Poaceae
Subfamilia: Pooideae
Tribus: Aveneae
Genus: Phalaris
Species: Phalaris minor


Phalaris minor Retz.

Vernacular name

Türkçe: Küçük kanyaş


  • Observ. bot. 3:8. 1783
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [1]


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