Anisantha madritensis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPoaceaeAnisanthaAnisantha madritensis


An annual of waste land, cultivated ground, roadside banks, walls and ruins; also around docks and on tips, on sand dunes and in other sandy or rocky places near the sea. A. madritensis is long-established (and considered by some to be possibly native) at a few sites in S.W. Britain and the Channel Islands. Otherwise, it is widespread as a casual, especially from wool shoddy. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of the Mediterranean region & S.W. Asia; naturalised in N. & S. America, Australia and elsewhere.

Atlas Change Index: 0.58

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (385d)
Wigginton MJ
1999.  British Red Data Books. 1. Vascular plants, edn 3.