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Mystery grass / grain

Discussion in 'Flora & Fauna' started by Keith_Beef, Aug 31, 2019.

  1. Keith_Beef

    Keith_Beef Native

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    I noticed these plants growing along the footpath between my home and town when I got back from holiday.

    Here is one example of the plant; it looks like a grass or grain of some sort. This is the tallest of them, about knee height.
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    A couple of closer views of the seeds
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    I took off a few of the spikes of seeds and photographed them on a table, using extension tubes (I'm starting to get the hang of using these).
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    Then I used the little "USB microscope" I got a couple of months ago...
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    Each seed looks to be about 3mm long.

    These are growing outside an apartment building; I wonder if it might be millet or similar, from mixed seed that the people living in the building put out on their balconies for wild birds.
     
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    crosslandkelly A somewhat settled

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    No pictures here.
     
  3. C_Claycomb

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    No, none for me either.
     
  4. slowworm

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    I can see the pics. I don't know my grasses but I would suggest some form of millet, often grown for wild bird food and cover crops.
     
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    The pictures were not showing up for me, either, at first. I think it must have been a problem with ImgBB; I've done nothing, and the pictures now appear.
     
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    It does look like a type of millet. Maybe the flat dwellers keep a budgie?
     
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    8CD60AC4-4F76-48A9-8B6C-8884FE08342D.jpeg I think it’s common millet, got some up in a field near me. Sometimes used as a ground cover plant for game birds.
     
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    Thanks, Lou. That helped me find it in Picky Weedia.

    It definitely looks like Panicum miliaceum (known variously as proso millet, broomcorn millet, common millet, hog millet, Kashfi millet, red millet, and white millet).
     

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