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eleusine d'inde, eleusine des indes, goose grass, India goose grass, Indian goosegrass

Habit Plants annual.

30-90 cm, erect or ascending, some-what compressed;

lower internodes 1.5-2 mm thick.


conspicuously keeled, margins often with long, papillose-based hairs, particularly near the throat;

ligules 0.2-1 mm, truncate, erose;

blades 15-40 cm long, 3-7 mm wide, with prominent, white midveins, margins and/or adaxial surfaces often with basal papillose-based hairs.


with 4-10(17) branches, often with 1 branch attached as much as 3 cm below the terminal cluster;

branches (3.5)7-16 cm long, 3-5.5 mm wide, linear.


4-7 mm long, 2-3 mm wide, with 5-7 florets, obliquely attached to the branch axes.


ovoid, rugulose and obliquely striate, usually not exposed at maturity.


glumes 1.1-2.3 mm, 1-veined;

upper glumes 2-2.9 mm;

lemmas 2.4-4 mm;

paleas with narrowly winged keels.


= 18.

Eleusine indica

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Eleusine indica is a common weed in the warmer regions of the world. In the Flora region, it usually grows in disturbed areas and lawns, and has been found in most states of the contiguous United States.

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

Source FNA vol. 25, p. 109.
Parent taxa Poaceae > subfam. Chloridoideae > tribe Cynodonteae > Eleusine
Sibling taxa
E. coracana, E. tristachya
Name authority (L.) Gaertn.
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