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Canary grass - Phalaris canariensis
Family - Poaceae

Canary Grass belongs to the Poaceae family.  Native originally to the Mediterranean region, it is now grown commercially for birdseed, this supposedly giving it the name.  It is a large coarse grass with erect hairless stems growing usually to between 0.5-1.8M (2-6ft) tall depending on ground conditions.  The ligules are prominent and membranous, 0.25in (0.6cm) long and rounded at the apex.  Flat tapering leaves are are 9-25cm (3.5–10in) long, 0.6-1.9cm (0.25-0.75in) widet, and can be rough.  Clusters of variegated compact errect panicles sometimes slightly spreading ranging from 8-40cm (3-16in) long with branches 1-4cm (0.4-1.6in) long.  Single flowers occur in dense clusters in May to mid-June or August.  Inflorescences are green or slightly purple at first darkening to a light brown.  Seeds are shiny brown, it is used as bird food generally mixed with other seeds reduce costs.

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