Weeds

Sprangletop

(Bearded Sprangletop)

Sprangletop
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Leptochloa fascicularis (Grass Family: Poaceae)Bearded sprangletop is a widespread native summer annual grass. Its seeds are smaller than rice grains, it is usually associated with alkaline soils. Although this plant thrives in wet places, its seedling cannot survive under water. Bearded sprangletop grows upright to spreading in loose clumps. It grows to about 3-1/3 feet (1 m) in height or length and has well spaced flowering branches. Stems are round to slightly flattened in cross-section and have rough sheaths and leaf blades. Lower sheaths may be straw colored to reddish. Leaves are flat to loosely rolled, 4 to 20 inches (10–50 cm) long, hairless, and have a whitish midvein.