Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Canary-grass - Phalaris canariensis   L.
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DistributionNortheastern Piedmont and northern outer Coastal Plain. All specimens were collected from 1952-60.

Native of southern Europe and the Canary Islands; in N.A. scattered throughout.
AbundanceRare. Perhaps no longer extant in NC.
HabitatTrash heap, waste area, garden weed, roadside, "bank of sound." This is one of the species used in birdseed mixes (or used to be), and so waifs could show up almost anywhere.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-October.
IdentificationCommon Canary-grass grows 1-3 feet tall, with scattered leaves. The inflorescence is terminal and ovoid, 2-5 cm long. Each spikelet has 3 florets. The native P. caroliniana has a narrower, cylindric inflorescence.
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