|COMMON NAME:||Crabgrass, southern|
|SCIENTIFIC NAME:||Digitaria ciliaris|
|FEATURES:||Growth habit: Prostrate growth habit, rooting at the nodes; Stem: Rounded and rooting at the
nodes. Stems/leaf sheath pubescent.; Leaf: Leaf 3 to 6 inches in length, pubescent on lower 1/3.
Leaf sheath pubescent.; Collar: Ligule membranous, with jagged edge, not completely encompassing
stem. ; Inflorescence: Three to six racemes terminating a stem. Normally branching along the top 2
inches of the inflorescence stem.
|DESCRIPTION:||Almost indistinguishable from large crabgrass. Large crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) found more in
the transition zone and north. Southern crabgrass found more in the transition zone and south.
Southern crabgrass is a laterally (decumbent) growing summer annual grass. Heavy pubescence is the
primary characteristic distinguishing it from smooth crabgrass. Southern also roots at the nodes,
whereas smooth does not.