Can you help ID this grass ?

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  1. citabria

    citabria Member

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    Location: Chemainus, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
    Again, our compost pile has produced another plant.
    Last year nothing, this year after turning pile this plant appeared and is very healthy and over 3 feet tall. Sheath shows overlapping margins, collar seems to be ciliate.
    Cross section of stem appears to more like a reed.
    Perhaps it is not a grass ?
     

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    Robert Flogaus-Faust Active Member 10 Years of Activity

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    I think so. I suggest that this is large barnyard grass (Echinochloa crus-galli; in the "Illustrated Flora of British Columbia" it is called Echinochloa crusgalli).
     
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    Thanks Robert !..........It certainly agrees with the pictures I have pulled up on Echinochloa crusgalli. The leaves and stalk are identical. The seeds however, hang differently from the pictures I find i.e. the pictures on the internet show a more horizontal projection from the stem. Perhaps this is just a regional variation. Any thoughts ??
     
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    OK Robert.........I have viewed several dozen more photos and read several articles.
    You are very correct and I am a tiny bit smarter !
    Thank You so much !
     

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