Common Name: centipedegrass
Species: Eremochloa ophiuroides (Munro) Hack.
Bayer Code: ERLOP

Centipedegrass is a slow-growing, coarse-textured, warm-season turf that is adapted for use in low maintenance situations. It is often referred to as "lazy man's grass" due to its infrequent mowing and fertilization requirements. It also has a light-green color and spreads by stolons. It does not tolerate traffic, compaction, high pH, excessive thatch, drought, or heavy shade. Centipedegrass can often be confused with St. Augustinegrass. However, centipedegrass has alternating leaves at the nodes whereas St. Augustinegrass has opposite leaves at the nodes. Centipedegrass also has a more pointed, slenderer leaf blade than St. Augustinegrass. Both leaf blades are V-shaped in cross section, but that of St. Augustinegrass has a more obviously boat-shaped tip.
centipedegrass
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centipedegrass seedheads
centipedegrass blades
centipede folded vernation
centipede ligule, auricle
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CharacteristicTypeDescription
Seedhead / Flower spikeseedhead a slender spike
Vernation Type foldedleaves folded in the bud
Ligule Type membranousshort, membranous with fine hairs, hairs longer than purplish membrane, 0.02 inches (0.5 mm) long
Growth Season / Life Cycle warm season turf 
Auricle Type absent 
Leaf Blade Tip Shape boat shaped OR sharp-pointed 
Leaf Blade Width medium, 0.1 - 0.2 in 
Stolon Presence present 
Rhizome Presence absent 
Collar Type continuousconstricted by fused crease, hairs tufted at lower edge
Sheath Margin split with overlapping marginssheath has grayish tufts of hairs at throat
Sheath Type flattenedvery flattened