Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Faber Bristlegrass (Setaria faberi)
- Family: Grass (Poaceae)
- Flowering: July-October.
- Field Marks: This species is recognized by its arching, soft-bristly spikes at least 3 inches long.
- Habitat: Fields and generally any disturbed habitat.
- Habit: Coarse annual herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Erect, smooth or slightly hairy at the nodes, up to 4 feet tall.
- Leaves: Up to 8 inches long, up to 1 inch broad, hairy on the upper surface with ciliate sheaths.
- Flowers: One per spikelet, with many spikelets crowded into an arching spike up to 5 inches long; each spikelet subtended by 1-3 soft bristles up to 1 inch long.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Grains: Usually enclosed by scales.
- Notes: The usual common names for this species are giant foxtail or nodding foxtail.
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