Leptochloa fascicularis var. maritima (Leptochloa fusca ssp. fascicularis; Diplachne acuminata) sprangle-top Poaceae LEFA; R, bk;

Leptochloa fusca ssp. fascicularis.Dave Gealy and Howard Black.Burke Museum of Natural history and Culture.biology.burke.washington.edu

Leptochloa fusca ssp. fascicularis. Dave Gealy and Howard Black, USDA, Agricultural Research Service (Accessed 5/2014).

Leptochloa fascicularis var. maritima is a perennial C3 grass (Waller and Lewis 1979) to 50 cm, erect to prostrate, tufted, densely branched from base. 

Leaves alternate, 0.1-0.3 cm wide, rough above, ligule to 0.6 cm, membranous. 

Flower spikelets 6-12, to 1 cm long, glumes narrow, the 1st about 0.3 cm, the second 0.4-0.7 cm long, lemmas 0.4-0.5 cm, finely hairy at base, and lower veins, apex with a short awn to 0.5 cm, between 2 teeth; inflorescence branched, narrow, to 30 cm long, 5 cm wide; blooming and fruiting July-Oct. 

Wetland status: FACW. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Open, wet areas, ditches. Tolerant of saline or alkaline soils pH 4-7.5, intolerant of shade, fire (USDA, NRCS 2010).