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Gramineae Axonopus affinis Chase

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Carpetgrass is native to Central America and the West Indies. It was introduced into the United States early in the last century and is now spread over the Southeastern Coastal Plain from Virginia to Texas. It is a perennial, creeping grass which makes a dense sod. The creeping stems are compressed, and root at each joint. The numerous leaves are blunt, up to about 6 to 8 inches long, and rather broad. Carpetgrass is adapted to light-textured soils, with moisture near the surface. Its greatest value is for permanent pastures, but it is also useful for lawns and to prevent erosion. It forms seeds abundantly, and is readily established by seeding.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch