Briza maxima

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Briza maxima
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Briza
B. maxima
Binomial name
Briza maxima

Briza maxima is a species of the grass genus Briza. It is native to Northern Africa, the Azores, Western Asia, and Southern Europe and is cultivated or naturalised in the British Isles, Australasia, the western United States, Central and South America, and Hawaii.[1]

This species has a large number of common names, including big quaking grass, great quaking grass, greater quaking-grass,[2] large quaking grass, blowfly grass, rattlesnake grass, shelly grass, rattle grass, and shell grass.[3][4][1]

It grows to a height of 60 cm. The seeds and leaves are edible.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Briza maxima". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ Joondalup Coastal Foreshore Natural Areas Management Plan Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  4. ^ Briza maxima. Archived August 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine National Weeds Strategy. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  5. ^ "Briza maxima". Survival and Self Sufficiency. Retrieved 9 September 2011.

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