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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.