The Info List - Setaria Verticillata

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SETARIA VERTICILLATA is a species of grass known by the common names HOOKED BRISTLEGRASS, ROUGH BRISTLE-GRASS and BRISTLY FOXTAIL. It is native to Europe
, but it is known on most continents as an introduced species and often a noxious weed . It is a hardy bunchgrass which grows in many types of urban, cultivated, and disturbed habitat. It is a weed of many types of agricultural crops , growing in vineyards and fields. Herbicide-resistant strains have been noted.

This is an annual grass with decumbent or erect stems growing up to a meter long. The leaf blades are up to 25 centimeters long and have a long sheath around the stem. The inflorescence is a dense panicle up to 15 centimeters long which tapers at both ends. It contains many small spikelets and bristles. The bristles have tiny backwards-pointing barbs that help them hook onto clothing or animal fur, facilitating their dispersal .

Seeds of the grass are used to make beer in South Africa
South Africa
and porridge in Namibia
. They have been used as a famine food in India

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