Hordeum murinum

Photo courtesy Joesph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Hordeum leporinum, Hordeum glaucum Steud., Hordeum stebbinsii Covas

Common names: hare barley, foxtail, wild barley, wall barley, smooth barley

Hordeum murinum (hare barley or foxtail) is an annual grass with long awns (family Poaceae). Hare barley may have arrived in California with Spanish settlers and is more common than Mediterranean barley in disturbed, dry upland areas.

Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate

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Other Hordeum murinum Information

  • CalFlora - Distribution information based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.