Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3948

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Non-native: southeast Asia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains

Look for it in lawns, roadsides, weedy in open more natural sites, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun

LEAVES:
Mostly basal

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomatous

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Inflorescence a single terminal raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Eremochloa ophiuroides   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Eremochloa ophiuroides   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-93x-001x:
Eremochloa ophiuroides   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Eremochloa ophiuroides

 

COMMON NAME:
Centipede Grass


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image of Eremochloa ophiuroides, Centipede Grass

Keith Bradley    kab_e_ophiuroides_71844

June    Miami-Dade County    FL

Fertile spikelets embedded in a fleshy rachis (resembling a rattail) or a cob, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Eremochloa ophiuroides, Centipede Grass

JK Marlow    jkm200908_7123

September    Spartanburg County    SC

This distinctive inflorescence does not break up readily into segments, per Flora of China.

image of Eremochloa ophiuroides, Centipede Grass

JK Marlow    jkm200908_7124

September    Spartanburg County    SC

A solitary, terminal, 1-sided raceme of closely overlapping spikelets, per Flora of China.

image of Eremochloa ophiuroides, Centipede Grass

JK Marlow    jkm200908_7125

September    Spartanburg County    SC

Hard to see here, but the stigmas were lavender and fresh anthers bright purple!

image of Eremochloa ophiuroides, Centipede Grass

Keith Bradley    kab_e_ophiuroides_71560

October    Miami-Dade County    FL

image of Eremochloa ophiuroides, Centipede Grass

Keith Bradley    kab_e_ophiuroides_71562

October    Miami-Dade County    FL