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Echinochloa muricata   (Beauv. ) Fernald
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Height: 1 to 5 feet
Family: Poaceae - Grass Family
Flowering Period:   July, August, September
Culms: Decumbent to ascending or erect, stout, glabrous.
Blades: Flat, 4-20 inches long, 1/4 to 3/4 inch wide, smooth, mid-vein conspicuous; margins wavy-toothed.
Sheaths: Glabrous.
Ligules: Absent.
Inflorescences: Panicles, erect or nodding, 3-12 inches long, pale green to purplish; branches 5-12, pressed together or spreading.
Spikelets: Round, 1- or 2-flowered, arranged in 2 rows on 1 side of each branch rachis; sterile lemma and second glume usually bearing bristles that arise from blister-like bases; second glume pointed or bearing short awn; sterile lemma pointed or bearing awn to 3/5 inch long; fertile lemma rigid, somewhat flattened; tip firm, stiff, not separated from lemma body by line of hairs.
Habitat: Moist, open, disturbed areas, cultivated fields, corrals, and waste sites.
Distribution: Throughout Kansas.
Forage Value: Barnyard grass has fair forage value when grazed early, but it is unpalatable at maturity.
Uses: Birds will consume the seeds. Some Native American tribes used the seeds for food.
Comments: Tufted or solitary-stemmed.

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