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Goosegrass, Eleusine indica

Family: Poaceae (Grass)

Group: Monocot

Life span: Annual

Origin: Eurasia

Growth form: Graminoid

Summer annual, usually 4 inches to 3 feet tall with very flat stems and tough leaves. The plant usually appears to be white to silver in color. This is due primarily to the color of the margins of the leaf sheaths.  Leaf blades are flat, almost entirely hairless, and 1/8 to 3/8 inches wide and 2 to 13 inches long.  Ligule is a fringed uneven membrane. Goosegrass often displays a very prostrate (flat to the ground) growth habit, often described as looking like someone has stepped in the middle of the plant, flattening it out.  Seedheads usually have 2-13 finger-like spikes.  Usually one spike is below the others, which are bunched toward the tip.  Two rows of seeds occur on the underside of the spikes.  Propagation is by seed.  Goosegrass is found in open areas and agricultural fields, and thrives in areas of soil compaction, such as dirt roads or paths.