Apera spica-venti
Apera spica-venti.jpg
Apera spica-venti[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Pooideae
Genus: Apera
A. spica-venti
Binomial name
Apera spica-venti
(L.) P.Beauv.

Apera spica-venti, the loose silky-bent[2] or common windgrass, is an annual or biannual plant in the genus Apera. It belongs to the family Poaceae.

This species is native to Eurasia and North Africa from the Canary Islands to Denmark to Yakutia. It occurs in pastures with sandy soil.

It has naturalized in the United States, Canada, and Russian Far East.

This species of grass grows to about 40–100 centimetres (16–39 in) high.


  1. ^ illustration from Apera spica-venti from http://www.illustratedgarden.org/mobot/rarebooks/page.asp?relation=QK495F19H671801V3&identifier=0165 Title: Icones et descriptiones Graminum austriacorum Author(s): Host, Nikolaus Thomas Schmidt, A Ibmayer, J Publisher: Vindobonae : A. Schmidt, 1801-1809. Description: 4 v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 48 cm.
  2. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.