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broadleaf carpetgrass

Habit Plants stoloniferous, rarely rhizomatous, rhizomes, when present, 3-5 cm.

7-80 cm;

nodes glabrous or pubescent.


keeled, strongly compressed, pubescent;

ligules 0.3-0.5 mm;

blades 3-20 mm wide, glabrous or sparsely pilose, midveins often white and prominent, apices frequently ciliate or pubescent.


terminal and axillary, 4-10 cm overall, rachises to 3.5 cm, with 2-5 branches;

branches 1-13 cm.


2-3.5 mm, ovoid, ellipsoid, or lanceoloid, acuminate.


1.2-1.5 mm, gray.


glumes and lower lemmas extending beyond the upper florets, 2-5-veined, marginal veins pilose, apices acute to acuminate;

upper lemmas and paleas 1.5-1.8 mm, broadly ellipsoid.


= 40, 60, 80.

Axonopus compressus

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Axonopus compressus is native from the southeastern United States to Bolivia, Brazil, and Uruguay, and has become established in the Eastern Hemisphere. It is used as a lawn and forage grass but is also weedy, readily growing in moist, disturbed habitats.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 25, p. 566.
Parent taxa Poaceae > subfam. Panicoideae > tribe Paniceae > Axonopus
Sibling taxa
A. fissifolius, A. furcatus, A. scoparius
Name authority (Sw.) P. Beauv.
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