Urochloa reptans (L.) Stapf
Stapf, O. (1918) Flora of Tropical Africa 9: 601.
Annual. Culms decumbent, 15-60 cm long, rooting from the lower nodes.
Inflorescence composed of 5-15 racemes borne along a central axis, unilateral, 1-4 cm long. Central inflorescence axis 1-8 cm long. Rhachis wingless and angular. Spikelet packing crowded, regular, 2 -rowed, in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile and pedicelled. Pedicels ciliate. Spikelets comprising of a basal sterile floretand a fertile floret; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic, or oblong, slightly dorsally compressed, acute, 1.5-2.2 mm long; falling entire. Glumes dissimilar, reaching apex of florets, thinner than the fertile lemma. Lower glume orbicular, clasping, 0.15-0.25 length of spikelet, hyaline, without a keel. Lower glume without lateral veins, apex truncate. Upper glume ovate, equals the spikelet, membranous, 7 -veined with the apex acute. Basal sterile florets male; with palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret similar to upper glume, ovate, ; same length as spikelet, membranous, 5 -veined, acute. Fertile lemma elliptic, 1-2 mm long, indurate, without keel. Lemma surface rugose, margins involute, apex acute and mucronate. Palea involute, indurate, without keels.
Features not available.
A weed of disturbed places, also excellent fodder (Veldkamp 1996).