Panicum miliaceum L.

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Panicum miliaceum L.

  • Description

    Species Description - Stout annual 2–6(–10) dm; sheaths overlapping, densely hirsute; blades elongate, rounded at base, 10–20 mm wide; panicle included at base, pyramidal to cylindric, dense, 8–20 cm, often nodding at maturity; spikelets turgid, acute, 4.5–6 mm; first glume half as long, acute or acuminate, 5-veined; second glume and sterile lemma equal, distinctly 7- or 9- veined; fr stramineous to brown, 3–3.5 mm; 2n=36, 54, 72. Native of the Old World, occasionally cult. for forage and adventive along roadsides and in waste places. A wild-adapted type, widespread as a field-weed in the midwest (Wis., Minn., Ill., Io., N.D., S.D., Nebr., Kans., Colo.), has been named ssp. ruderale (Kit.) Tzvelev. It is larger, 7–20 dm, with open panicles 10–50 cm, and deciduous spikelets.

  • Common Names

    proso millet, broomcorn millet