Taxon: Phalaris canariensis L.

Genus: Phalaris
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
  Subfamily: Pooideae
      Tribe: Poeae
        Subtribe: Phalaridinae
Nomen number: 27517
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:54. 1753
Name Verified on: 25-Jan-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 19-Apr-2000
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 84 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: potential as cereal (fide Food Feed Crops US)
  • Animal food: fodder (for birdseed fide F Turk)
  • Animal food: forage (fide Grass VarUSA)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands
    • Northern Africa: Morocco

  • Native:

  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Spain - Canary Islands
    • Northern Africa: Algeria; Egypt; Libya
  • Europe

    • East Europe: Estonia

  • Naturalized:

  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Western Asia: Turkey
  • Australasia

    • New Zealand: New Zealand
  • Europe

    • East Europe: Belarus
    • Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium
    • Northern Europe: Denmark; Sweden; United Kingdom
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Croatia; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: France; Spain - Baleares
  • Northern America

    • : Mexico
  • Pacific

    • North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
  • Southern America

    • Southern South America: Argentina; Chile
    • Western South America: Colombia; Peru

  • Cultivated:

  • Europe

    • Middle Europe: Czech Republic; Hungary; Netherlands
  • Northern America

    • : Canada; United States
  • Southern America

    • Southern South America: Argentina - Buenos Aires, - Entre Rios, - La Pampa


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