Poaceae (Grass Family)
Group: Monocot (Grass)
Annual or short-lived perennial native of tropical America. It is commonly found in cultivated and moist areas.
Leaf blades are smooth, glossy or shiny, flat, up to 8/4-inch-wide and 11 inches long. Ligule is tiny and fringed with hairs. Leaf sheath is smooth, and the margin fringed with fine hairs.
Stems lie flat on the ground with tips pointing upwards or bent abruptly or sharply, branching, up to 4 feet long, usually rooting on lower nodes.
Flower or seed head is a panicle, branches alternate on the central stalk. Seed is a grain. Seeds are located underneath the branch, smooth, and 3/16 to ¼-inch long. It is extremely similar in appearance to alexandergrass (Urochloa plantaginea), but generally has a more prostrate growth habit.
Roots are fibrous.
Propagation is by seed.