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Holcus mollis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Pooideae
Tribe: Aveneae
Genus: Holcus
Type species
Holcus lanatus

Holcus (soft-grass or velvetgrass) is a genus of African and Eurasian plants in the oat tribe within the grass family.[2][3][4]

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

  1. Holcus annuus - Mediterranean and nearby areas from Portugal + Morocco to Caucasus
  2. Holcus azoricus - Azores - possibly a hybrid of H. lanatus and H. rigidus
  3. Holcus caespitosus - Sierra Nevada in southern Spain
  4. Holcus gayanus - Spain, Portugal
  5. Holcus grandiflorus - Spain
  6. Holcus × hybridus - France, Germany, British Isles -- H. lanatus × H. mollis
  7. Holcus lanatus - Europe, Mediterranean + nearby areas from Iceland to Canary Is to Caucasus; naturalized in North + South America, Australia, New Zealand, East Asia, various islands
  8. Holcus mollis - Algeria, Tunisia, most of Europe; naturalized in Australia, new Zealand, scattered locales in North America
  9. Holcus notarisii - Macedonia, Italy
  10. Holcus rigidus - Azores
  11. Holcus setiger - Cape Prov of South Africa
formerly included[1]

several species now regarded as better suited to other genera; Andropogon Arrhenatherum Arundinella Bothriochloa Capillipedium Centotheca Chasmanthium Chrysopogon Deschampsia Heteropogon Hierochloe Pennisetum Pentameris Pseudoraphis Rostraria Sorghum Sporobolus Ventenata