Parapholis incurva

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Parapholis incurva
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Parapholis
Species: P. incurva
Binomial name
Parapholis incurva
(L.) C.E.Hubb.

Parapholis incurva is a species of grass native to Europe, Asia and northern Africa, and widely naturalised elsewhere. Common names include coast barbgrass, curved sea hard grass, curved hard-grass,[1] sicklegrass, curved sicklegrass and curved parapholis.


It is a tufted annual bunchgrass up to 30 centimetres high, with green flowers.[2]


It was first published as Aegilops incurva by Carl Linnaeus, and transferred into Parapholis by Charles Edward Hubbard in 1946.[3]

Distribution and habitat

It is widespread in the old world, occurring in northern Africa, Europe, and Asia. It has widely naturalised elsewhere.[4]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Parapholis incurva (L.) C.E.Hubb." FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. 
  3. ^ "Parapholis incurva (L.) C.E.Hubb." Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  4. ^ "Parapholis incurva (L.) C.E.Hubb." Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

External links

  • Jepson Manual Treatment
  • USDA Plants Profile
  • Grass Manual Treatment
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