Foxtail Millet

(Setaria italica)

Foxtail millet

Leaves Ligule Flower
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Growing habits: Erect tufted stout summer annual

Root anatomy: Fibrous roots

Leaf anatomy: Can be glabrous or scabrous; sheaths closed, pubescent margin near mouth; trichome fringe ligule w/membranous base

Reproduction: Panicle inflorescence, often nodding, cylindrical or tapering to tip, bristles scabrous and pointing upward, can be yellow, green or purple, 3 or fewer long bristles per spikelet

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