Place of origin not known, but probably Europe. Annual. c3.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
Other names: Cereal Rye.
Uncommon. Usually found where grain has been spilt.
The dense flower spike, the bristly appearance and the curved bristles on the lemma margins make this a distinctive grass.
Secale: Rye (Latin); cereale: grain bearing, from Ceres, the goddess of agriculture.
All. The dense flower spike, the long awns and the curved bristles on the lemmas are distinctive. Castlemaine Botanic Gardens.