Native to Asia, Africa and Europe. Annual. C3.
Occurrence. It is a plant of wet areas e.g. drainage lines beside roads, creek banks, reservoir edges etc.
A distinctive grass: the long-awned glumes give this grass a bearded appearance. The cluster has a soft grey-green colour.
The flowers form a compact more or less cylindrical cluster (a panicle).
Polypogon: many beards, referring to the numerous awned spikelets; monspeliensis: from the Roman name for Montpellier.
1,2,3: Flower clusters. Awned glumes are uncommon, and they give this grass its bearded appearance. Forest Creek. 4: Portion of the flower cluster. Awned glumes.