Common Name: doveweed
Species: Murdannia nudiflora (L.) Brenan
Bayer Code: MUDNU

Doveweed is a summer annual weed that usually germinates later in the growing season than most other summer annual weeds and becomes a problem late in the summer. Doveweed closely resembles a grass. Upon closer inspection, you will find that doveweed has stems that root at the nodes and purple flowers that appear on short stalks in clusters. The leaves are linear, and approximately 3/4 to 4 inches long. Leaf sheaths have soft hairs on the upper margins. Fruits are classified as capsules and are only 0.12 to 0.2 inches (3 to 5 mm) wide.
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CharacteristicTypeDescription
Growth Season summer annual weed 
Growth Habit prostrate, spreadinglow-lying stems root at the nodes
Leaflet Number one 
Leaf Margin smooth 
Leaf Hairs leaf marginsoft hairs on leaf sheath upper margins
Leaf/Leaflet Shape linear/oblong 
Leaf Width <1/2 inch0.08 - 0.2 inches (2 to 5 mm) wide
Leaf Venation parallel 
Leaf Arrangement alternate 
Root Type fibrous 
Flower Color blue/purple