Common Name: goosegrass
Species: Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn.
Bayer Code: ELEIN

Goosegrass is a very troublesome grassy weed in athletic fields, golf greens, tees and fairways, and in other turfgrasses that are mowed short. It germinates when soil temperatures reach 60 to 65°F, and requires moisture and light for germination. Goosegrass has a prostrate growth habit, and is often white in the center with a wagon-wheel like appearance. Unlike crabgrass, it does not root at the nodes, but grows well in compacted soils. It competes very successfully with warm-season and cool-season turfgrasses during summer months and is most competitive in thin, open turfs and turfs subject to intense traffic or use.
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goosegrass ligule hair, seedhead
goosegrass seedheads
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goosegrass seedhead
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CharacteristicTypeDescription
Seedhead / Flower raceme2-6 spikes at the top of stem
Vernation Type folded 
Ligule Type membranous0.02 - 0.04 inches (0.6 - 1 mm) long, collar-like, hairy on back, edges sometimes with short hairs
Growth Season / Life Cycle summer annual weed 
Auricle Type absent 
Leaf Blade Tip Shape bluntsparse long hairs near base above, smooth and sharply creased below, edges may have hairs
Leaf Blade Width broad, greater than 0.2 in0.2 - 0.4 inches (5 - 10 mm) wide
Stolon Presence absent 
Rhizome Presence absent 
Collar Type continuouscrooked fine hairs on edges
Sheath Margin split with overlapping marginssheath is hairy at top, edges may have hairs
Sheath Type flattened