(Avena fatua L.)

GROWTH HABIT: Annual grass, erect, Reproduces by seed only.

LEAVES: Sheaths open, ligule membranous. Leaf to 5/8 inches wide. Seedling leaves twist counter clockwise.

STEMS: Simple, hollow, in small tufts, to 4 ft. tall.

INFLORESCENCES: Open panicle 4-18 inches long.

SPIKELET: Drooping, with 2 to 3 long black awns attached to the florets.

SEEDS: Yellow to black, oval, 1/4 to � inch long usually hairy. Awns twisted and bent to form right angles at maturity.

ROOTS: Fibrous.

OTHER: A serious problem in spring seeded small grain.

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