doveweed

COMMON NAME: Doveweed
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Murdannia nudiflora
FAMILY: Commelinaceae
LIFECYCLE: Annual
FEATURES: Non-grass monocot similar to spreading dayflower. Glabrous leaves 5 to 8 cm in length and 1
cm in width. Leaf sheath circling the stem similar to grass plant, green to purple with parallel
venation. Small purplish flowers with three petals and three bracts. Flowers usually last less than
one day and are extremely small. Seeds relatively large compared to other non-grass monocots–
2 to 3 mm in diameter.
DESCRIPTION: Annual plant common in wet, shaded areas in turfgrass. Prominent weed in St. Augustinegrass turf
and other shaded turfgrass areas. Few selective control measures in turfgrass areas. Tower
(dimethenamid) is effective for preemergence. Atrazine, Solitaire (sulfentrazone + quinclorac), and
Celsius (thiencarbazone, iodosulfuron, and dicamba) will control doveweed postemergence; however,
sometimes repeat applications are needed and there are limitations to use areas with respect to
herbicide labeling.

Broad View Individual plant

Broad View
Individual plant

Leaf Leaf close up

Leaf
Leaf close up

Flower / Seed Head Flowers

Flower / Seed Head
Flowers

Flower / Seed Head Flower

Flower / Seed Head
Flower

Leaf Leaf sheath

Leaf
Leaf sheath