goosegrass

COMMON NAME: Goosegrass
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Eleusine indica
FAMILY: Poaceae
LIFECYCLE: Annual, but can perennial in more tropic climates
FEATURES: Growth habit: Rosette/clump forming annual grass often having a silvery center in the rosette;
Stem: Flat, glabrous with the exception of elongated hairs as the leaf sheath approached the
collar and inner leaf sheath; Leaf: Sparsely pubescent with a distinct white collar; Collar: Ligule
short, membranous to hairy; Inflorescence: A cluster of racemes. One raceme is most commonly
set lower that the cluster of proximal racemes. Can vary from 0.5 to two feet in height/length.
DESCRIPTION: Often referred to as silver crabgrass due to its silver-gray central axis. Normally found in areas
where root competition from other plants is restricted– compacted soils, rocky soils, graveled areas,
etc. Fewer herbicides are available to control postemergently thus placing greater emphasis on
controlling using preemergence herbicides or by improving turfgrass/crop growing conditions to
reduce goosegrass competition.

Broad View Goosegrass plant

Broad View
Goosegrass plant

Broad View Goosegrass plant

Broad View
Goosegrass plant

Broad View goosegrass plant

Broad View
goosegrass plant

Flower / Seed Head Goosegrass seedhead

Flower / Seed Head
Goosegrass seedhead

Flower / Seed Head Goosegrass racemes

Flower / Seed Head
Goosegrass racemes