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Goosegrass Eleusine indica

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Phonetic Spelling
el-YOO-sy-nee IN-dih-kuh
Description

Goosegrass, in the family Poaceae, is a summer annual grass that has a flattened, whitish base, leading to the common name silver crabgrass. Seedlings are generally prostrate inhabit, but plants will produce upright shoots and flowering stems that can grow over the top of small plants. Stems do not root at the nodes. Goosegrass begins to germinate a few weeks after crabgrass. It thrives in disturbed areas with compacted soils in full sun. Although somewhat more difficult to control than crabgrass, most preemergence herbicides and selective postemergence grass herbicides labeled for use will manage goosegrass

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Tags:
#annual#green#weed#weedy#fall interest#summer annual weed#high maintenance#grass#summer flowers#autumn#tufted#warm season weed
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#annual#green#weed#weedy#fall interest#summer annual weed#high maintenance#grass#summer flowers#autumn#tufted#warm season weed
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eleusine
    Species:
    indica
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa, Asia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Weed
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Caryopsis
    Fruit Description:
    Once the flower spikelets die, small grains of fertile lemmas are released.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Flower spikes are produced in a whorl and consist of 2 dense rows of sessile spikelets along one side of its central stalk.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The medium to dark green leaf blades are up to 10" long and 8 mm. across. They are mostly glabrous, keeled, and hull-shaped at their tips. The margins are sparsely ciliate with long crooked hairs.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The culms are green, glabrous, and somewhat flattened and sheathed.
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Weedy