bermudagrass, common

COMMON NAME: Bermudagrass, common
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cynodon dactylon
FAMILY: Poaceae
LIFECYCLE: Perennial
FEATURES: Growth habit: Densely rhizomatous and stoloniferous creeping perennial grass Stem: Stem or stolon
is stiff, glabrous, with leaf sheath turning brown and dehiscent; Leaf: Fine bladed. Leaf linear, 1-5 cm
long, 1-5 mm wide, sparse hairs on upper leaf surface; Collar: Ligule as short fringe of hairs; sparse long
hairs at the collar; Inflorescence: A spike with 3 to 7 racemes (or spikelets).
DESCRIPTION: Rhizomatous and stoloniferous perennial grass. Considered one of the world’s worst weeds. Height can
vary greatly with cultivar. Common and forage types can reach 1.5 to 2 feet in height and produce spikes
30 to 40 cm tall. ‘Tifway’ and dwarf-types will not reach these heights if left unmowed and will likely die
if allowed to grow unmanaged.

Broad View Bermudagrass as turf

Broad View
Bermudagrass as turf

Additional Individual stolon

Individual stolon

Broad View Rhizome

Broad View

Leaf Collar


Flower / Seed Head Seedhead

Flower / Seed Head