Chloris virgata Sw., Fl. Ind. Occ. 1: 203. 1797. Hsu, Fl. Taiwan 5: 464. 1978; Koyama, Grass. Jap. Neighb. Reg. 279. 1987.
Culm procumbent, rooting at the basal node. Blade linear, 8-10 cm long; ligule about 0.5 mm long, fimbriate, pubescent on the back. Inflorescence of digitately arranged spikes. Spikelets 2-flowered, about 3-4 mm long (excluding awn), sessile; glumes lanceolate, hyaline, conspicuously 1-nerved; the lower glume 2/3 the length of the upper, about 1.5 mm long, acute or shortly awned; the upper about 2.2 mm long, conspicuously awned; lower floret fertile, lemma ovate-lanceolate, with a sinus at the apex, subcoriaceous, about 3 mm long, densely covered with silky hairs, especially along upper margin, 3-nerved, midrib prolonged into a long awn of about 7 mm long; palea subcoriaceous, as long as the lemma, 2-keeled, minutely 2-toothed; upper floret reduced to merely a lemma of about 2 mm long. Caryopsis elliptical, about 2 mm long; embryo 3/4 the length of the caryopsis.
TAINAN: Anpin, Hsu s. n. June 24, 1968. PINGTUNG: Fangliao, Hsu 1179, De Vol 7219.
Widely distributed throughout the tropics of both hemispheres.
It is reputed to be a good fodder grass.