Chloris virgata Sw.

Feather Finger Grass, Showy Chloris

Chloris virgata plant

Family - Poaceaea

Stems - No info yet.

Chloris virgata nodeNode of stem.

Leaves - No info yet.

Chloris virgata leaf baseBase of leaf.

Chloris virgata liguleLigule.

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Chloris virgata inflorescence

Flowers - No info yet.

Chloris virgata spikeletsSpikelets.

Chloris virgata floretClose up of a single floret.

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Fallow fields, open disturbed areas, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to the western U.S., Central and South America.

Other info. - This species can be found in scattered counties along the Missouri River and a few counties elsewhere in the state. The plant is an annual weed in our area and spreads fairly quickly in warmer climates. It grows as far north as Maine along the eastern edge of the U.S.

Photographs taken along Hwy 78, Birmingham, AL., 7-2-04.