Life cycle: Summer annual
Found in: Cropland in the southeastern U.S.
General description: A prostrate spreading grass that can reach 3 feet in height.
Seedlings: Leaf blades are mostly hairless and maroon-tinged. Sheaths are hairy and also
True leaves: Short and wide, up to 6" long and tapered. They are rolled in the bud and hairless
except for the margins and collar. The ligule is a hair-fringed membrane, and the sheaths are hairy.
Flowers and fruit: Seedhead is slender and 12" long. Each seedhead has two to six smaller "branches." Spikelets are somewhat flattened.