Common Name: carpetgrass
Species: Axonopus affinis Chase
Bayer Code: AXOAF

Carpetgrass is a slow-growing, medium-green (and sometimes greenish yellow), coarsely textured turfgrass that is adapted to low-maintenance, general-purpose turf. It prefers full sun to moderate shade and performs well in wet, shady, acidic soils where other grasses may not. Carpetgrass looks very similar to centipedegrass except that it produces a crabgrass-like seedhead, and centipedegrass has hairs along the edges of the leaves.
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CharacteristicTypeDescription
Seedhead / Flower raceme2-5 spikes in each head; spikes broad at base, and tapering to a point
Vernation Type foldedleaves folded in the bud
Ligule Type fringe of hairsshort, fringe of hairs fused at the base, 0.04 inches (1 mm) wide
Growth Season / Life Cycle warm season turf OR perennial weed 
Auricle Type absent 
Leaf Blade Tip Shape boat shaped OR blunt 
Leaf Blade Width medium, 0.1 - 0.2 in OR broad, greater than 0.2 in0.16 - 0.31 inches (4 - 8 mm) wide
Stolon Presence present 
Rhizome Presence absent 
Collar Type continuousnot hairy or with only a few hairs
Sheath Margin opensheath has few long hairs on margin
Sheath Type flattened