Ontario Weeds: Goose Grass
Table of Contents
- Other Names
- General Description
- Stems and Roots
- Flowers and Fruit
- Similar Species
- Related Links
Name: Goose grass, Eleusine indica
Other Names: eleusine de l'Inde
Family: Grass Family (Gramineae)
General Description: It is a low growing
annual, rarely more than 30 cm (12in.) high, usually forming a densely
leafy clump or tuft with few to many flowering stems.
Photos and Pictures
Stems & Roots: A very short, membranous
ligule 0.5 mm (1/50in.) long, no auricles, and a split sheath with
membranous margins that are somewhat hairy just below the collar.
Flowers & Fruit: Each spiketelet
is 2 to 5-seeded and because of this the "seeds" appear
to be very numerous and crowded on each spike. Flowers from July
Habitat: Goose grass is an occasional
weed in row crops, gardens, lawns and waste places in the Hamilton
area and in southwestern Ontario.
Similar Species: May be confused with
eirth Large or Smooth crabgrass because its inflorescence is similar,
have 2 - 6 spikes or "fingers" at the end of eachstem.
Although its spikes are also one-sided, they are much wider (3 -
5 mm, 1/8 - 1/5 in. wide) are rarely more than 5 cm (2 in.) long.
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