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Rattlesnake Grass

Briza maxima


Briza maxima is a species of the genus Briza, as such it is an annual grass in the family Poaceae. It is native to Northern Africa, the Azores, Western Asia and Southern Europe and is cultivated or naturalised in the British Isles, Australasia, the west of the United States, Central and South America and Hawaii. This species has a large number of common names including Big Quaking Grass, Great Quaking Grass, Large Quaking Grass, Quaking Grass, Blowfly Grass, Rattlesnake Grass, Shelly Grass and Shell Grass. It grows to a height of 60 cm. It is sometimes grown as an annual ornamental plant. Wikipedia


In grass along hiking trail in the Marin Headlands, CA.

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misako 10 years ago

Thank you Mayra and Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago


MayraSpringmann 10 years ago


misako 11 years ago

Thank you Dilek Cifci!

Dilek Cifci
Dilek Cifci 11 years ago

Nice shot, misako

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San Francisco, California, USA

Spotted on Mar 11, 2012
Submitted on Mar 17, 2012

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