Annual Ryegrass

(Lolium multiflorum)

Annual Ryegrass

Leaves Ligule Flowers
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Growing habits: Tufted winter annual, but can be biennial or even perennial

Root anatomy: Fibrous roots

Leaf anatomy: Glabrous leaves, open sheaths with prominent auricles, membranous ligule with frayed margin

Reproduction: Slender spike inflorescence, up to 40 spikelets with 20 flowered

References: Weeds of the South by Charles T. Bryson and Michael S. DeFelice