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Not to be confused with Brisa.
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Briza maxima
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Briza

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Briza is a genus of annual and perennial grasses in the family Poaceae, native to northern temperate regions.[1] The group is generally referred to as the quaking grasses because the flowers and seedheads shake on their stalks in the slightest breeze. Some of its members are grown as ornamental plants.

Briza species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Coleophora lixella.

There is much disagreement among authorities regarding the taxonomic boundaries of this genus. As of 2008, there were approximately 19 species, but this is likely to change as species are moved into and out of the genus.[2]

Species in widespread cultivation include:

Other species currently include:[3]


(A name with a * means that it is probably a synonym)

  • *Brizochloa V. Jirásek & Chrtek,
  • Calosteca Desv.,
  • Calotheca P. Beauv., orth. var.,
  • Chascolytrum Desv.,
  • Chondrachyrum Nees,
  • *Lombardochloa Roseng. & B. R. Arill.,
  • Macrobriza (Tzvelev) Tzvelev,
  • Tremularia Heist. ex Fabr.[4]

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