Phalaris aquatica

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Phalaris aquatica
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Order: Poales
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Genus: Phalaris
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Phalaris aquatica
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Type Species

Phalaris aquatica, syn. P. tuberosa, also known as Harding Grass or bulbous canarygrass, is a species of grass in the genus Phalaris.

Varieties include: AQ1, Uneta, and Australis.

Leaves and seedlings contain the tryptamine hallucinogens DMT, 5-MeO-DMT and related compounds (Smith 1977). A raw, dried plant Phalaris aquatica contains approximately .1% DMT, .022% 5-MeO-DMT, and .005% bufotenin [1].

It is an erect, waist-high, stout perennial grass with grayish to bluish green leaves. Flowering heads are dense, spike-like, and usually two to five inches long. It is slow to develop from seed, but can form large bunches after several years. [2].

Phalaris arundinacea differs from Harding grass in having more distinct rhizomes and an inflorescence that is compact at first but later becomes more open as the branches spread. Hybrids of Harding grass and reed canary grass have been produced.



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