Dried plant. Missouri Botanical Garden. Plant from Texas

Line drawing in Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States.

Common Name

South American Barnyard Grass, Barnyard Grass




Introduced annual grass to 2m tall or sprawling. Leaves with a hairless sheath at the base. Ligule absent. Leaves 12-60cm long, 5-25mm wide, flat, hairless, with rough edges and a tapered point. Spikelets green, 2-4mm long. Seeds usually with 1 awn 3-10mm long. Mature seed groups cylindrical to spreading.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 89

PlantNET description with line drawings and photos of dried specimens:

ausgrass2 description with photos (as Echinochloa cruspavonis):