bermudagrass

Cyperales > Poaceae > Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers
Synonym(s): common bermudagrass, devilgrass

Bermudagrass is a perennial grass that occurs on almost all soil types. This grass spreads by above ground and underground runners. Leaves are gray-green and 1.5-5.9 in. (4-15 cm) long. The ligule has a ring of white hairs. Flowering occurs in late summer; flowers occur on 1-3 in. (3-7 cm) spikes. Bermudagrass is native to eastern Africa and prefers moist and warm climates with high light. It was introduced into North America in the mid-1800s as a pasture grass. Bermudagrass is widely used as a turf grass.


Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources


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Seedling(s);
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Plant(s);
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Plant(s);
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Root(s);
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Foliage;
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Flower(s); Sessile spikelets
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Seedling(s);
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Plant(s);
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Plant(s);
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Infestation;
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Fruit(s);
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Diagram or Graphic; Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 1: 222.
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Diagram or Graphic; Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States. USDA Misc. Publ. No. 200. Washington, DC.
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Invasive Reference(s):

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  • Arkansas - Noxious Weed Law
  • California - Noxious Weed Law
  • California - Invasive Plant Inventory
  • Georgia - EPPC list
  • Texas - Invasive Plant List
  • Utah - Noxious Weed Law
  • Mid-Atlantic - EPPC List
  • Invasive Plants: Western North America
  • Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species


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