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Gramineae, Poaceae Panicum repens L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Torpedograss is native along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas. It is a sod-forming grass with creeping rhizomes and upright stems reaching 2 to 3 feet in height. Leaves are flat or folded. It thrives on coarse sands and wet muck soils and grows so aggressively that it may become a serious weed. Palatability is good but it is less nutritious than many grasses. It is used to a limited extent for pasture and erosion control along the Gulf Coast.

Last update June 27, 1996 bha