Polypogon monspeliensis

Rabbit-foot grass

Introduction

Introduced from Europe, this plant is widely naturalized in the western hemisphere. It is occasional in northern Florida and may be encountered in disturbed sites, moist ditches and margins from the peninsula to the central and western panhandle (Wunderlin, 2003). Rabbit-foot grass is a heavy seed-producer; its seeds are eaten by birds.

Description

Rabbit-foot grass is a NON-NATIVE grass. stems tufted, erect, to 2 ft. tall, often bent at nodes in lower stem; leaf bladesflat, fine-lined, rough to touch, to 10 in. long, to 1/2 in. wide; ligules thin, to 1/2 in. long; inflorescence at stem tip, resembles rabbit’s foot, very soft, bristly, 2-6 in. long, to 2 in. wide; spikelets many, with long, soft bristles.