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QUAKING-GRASS Briza media Height to 40cm. Distinctive perennial of dry grassland, usually on calcareous soils. FLOWERS are borne in an open, inflorescence, the dangling spikelets resembling miniature hops or cones and carried on wiry stalks (Jun-Sep). FRUITS are small, dry nutlets. LEAVES are pale green and form loose tufts. STATUS-Widespread and locally common.