Slender bright green tufted grass to 0.5 cm tall. Flat broad hairless leaves to 20 cm long with rough margins
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Flowerheads are plump, hanging and heart-shaped, > 10 mm long with up to twenty heads in a cluster.
Annual. Sandy soils and disturbed places such as track margins but also in native grasslands and woodlands. Very common and invasive introduced weed that can displace native orchids and herbs within a few years. The seeds become abundant in the soil and can regenerate profusely after autumn burning.
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Native to southern Europe. Being an annual means that this weed can be controlled within a few seasons by hand weeding or mechanical control before the plant sets seed.
B. maxima is larger than B. minor. The flower/seed clusters (spikelets) distinguish them from each other. B. maxima has fewer, larger flower/seedheads than B. minor. B. maxima spikelets are 10-20 mm in length, while those of B. minor are only 4-5 mm long.