Botanical name: Echinochloa crus-galli Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Panicum crus-galli
Barnyard Grass is a rather distinctive grass with a spreading habit and large spikelets in two rows on the branches of the panicle. Leaves are without hairs, auricles, and ligules, and the leaf sheaths are often tinted red or maroon at the base. Seedhead are a panicle at the top, 4-16 inches in length. Panicles may be green to purple in color and are comprised of individual spikelets that may develop a 2-10 mm long terminal awn. This annual grass is commonly found in wet areas.
Identification credit: Kiran Raj