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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/16/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/16/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Nov. Gen. & Sp. 1:93. pI. 28. 1815.
Description Annual; culms 25-100 cm. high, erect or ascending, branching from the lower and sometimes the middle nodes, glabrous; sheaths much longer than the inter- nodes or the upper ones shorter, compressed, keeled, glabrous, or sparsely papillose- pilose, especially along the margins; ligule 0.5-2 mm. long, thin, brown; blades 5-40 cm. long, 5-12 mm. wide, thin, flat, acuminate, slightly rounded at the base, glabrous or papillose-pilose on the upper surface toward the base, the margins scabrous, mostly rather prominently papillose-ciliate; racemes 2-8, 2.5-8 cm. long, ascending or spreading, somewhat distant on the flattened axis, the rachis narrowly winged, about 1.5 mm. wide with a tuft of long hairs at the base; spikelets 2.2-2.3 mm. long, 3 mm. wide including the winged margins, paired, crowded; glume broadly ovate, apiculate, papillose, the margins with a broad, conspicuous, irreg- ularly notched, stiffly ciliate wing; sterile lemma a little shorter than the glume, obtuse, apiculate, the midnerve strong, the margins winged like the glume or usually only partially winged, sometimes wingless; fruit 2 mm. long, pale, ovate, minutely roughened, the nerves evident.
Distribution Moist ground, savannas, waste places, and open fields, the West Indies and Panama to Colombia and northern Brazil; introduced in the Hawaiian Islands.
Specimen CANAL ZONE: France Field, Standley 28583.
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