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Urochloa fusca (Browntop signalgrass)
Strickland, Sam C.

Urochloa fusca

Urochloa fusca (Sw.) B.F. Hansen & Wunderlin

Browntop Signalgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Brachiaria fasciculata, Brachiaria fasciculata var. reticulata, Panicum fasciculatum, Panicum fasciculatum var. reticulatum, Urochloa fasciculata, Urochloa fasciculata var. reticulata

USDA Symbol: URFU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)


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12 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual , Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AZ , FL , GA , LA , NM , OK , TX

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0932 Collected Oct 2, 1994 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0661 Collected Oct 19, 1990 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

2 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-52 Collected 2006-08-16 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Urochloa fusca in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Urochloa fusca in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Urochloa fusca


Record Modified: 2023-01-19
Research By: DEW

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