Walter's-millet, coast cockspur

Echinochloa walteri -- Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Echinochloa walteri

Native in Florida

Video ID segment (2-3 minutes)
You will need Adobe Flash installed to view this video
This video may take several minutes to download depending on your internet connection.

Online image request form

Walter's-millet Walter's-millet Walter's-millet


    This is one of several Echinochloa species in Florida, and may be encountered growing in clumps in and beside water, or in farmlands. This species is planted for the use of many kinds of birds and is a favorite food. There are eight species of Echinochloa in Florida (Wunderlin, 2003). Walter's-millet occurs throughout eastern U.S. and Canada (Kartesz, 1999).

    Walter's-millet is a grass. Stems erect, thick, to 5 ft. tall, 1-several from base; leaf blades flat, linear, smooth, to 2 ft. long, to 3/4 in. wide; sheaths have stiff haris; inflorescence a bristly stalk, erect or slightly sagging, somewhat open, branched; spikelets crowded on one side of branches, sharp-pointed, short-stalked, pale purple, covered with small stiff hairs (bristles).