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Coast cockspur grass, Echinochloa walteri

Family: Poaceae (Grass)

Group: Monocot

Life span: Annual

Origin: North America

Growth form: Graminoid

Erect stem, somewhat flattened, up to 6 feet tall. Leaf blades are flat, linear, smooth and papery. Ligule is absent, sheath is open with very dense stiff hairs that can prick the skin. It is the only Echinochloa with hairs on the leaf sheath. Seedhead is somewhat branched, open, also with stiff hairs. Propagation is by seed. Similar to barnyardgrass.