Foxtail Barley

(Hordeum jubatum)

Foxtail Barley

Leaves Ligule Flower
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Growing habits: Coarse, tufted annual or short-lived perennial, many ascending stems often decumbent at base

Root anatomy: Fibrous roots

Leaf anatomy: Can be pubescent on either side, sheaths glabrous or pubescent, membranous ligule

Reproduction: Seedhead with three long-awned spikelets, central spikelet fertile

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