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Plant Form: Tufted short annual grass.
Size: Up to 50 cm tall, usually under 20 cm.
Stem: Upright, narrow.
Leaves: Hairless or sometimes hairy, flat, up to 15 cm long, very narrow.
Flowers: Dense cylindrical head of spikelets, 3-10 cm long with long bristles.
Fruit and Seeds: Seeds in groups of 3, with one awn.
Habitat: Pastures, crops, roadsides, waste areas.
Distinguishing Features: Barleys (Hordeum species) are distinct but it very hard to distinguish individual species. Expert advice is recommended.