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Bermudagrass - Cynodon dactylon

Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
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MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Warm season, stoloniferous, mat- or sod-forming perennial. Stems 10–40 cm. Leaves: blades flat and ascending, 2–4 mm wide, ligule hairy, <1 mm long; sheaths with overlapping margins. Inflorescence of 3 to 6 digitally arranged secund spikes, the branches 3–5 cm long. Spikelets closely appressed, 2–3 mm long with 1 floret, sometimes with vestigial florets. Lemmas 3-nerved, awnless, 2–3 mm long. Disarticulation above glumes; unit of dispersal the floret (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Collected in Missoula Co.; introduced in North America mainly in the U.S. excepting some north-central states (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Habitat
Frequently disturbed sites, roadsides, lawns, and reclaimed areas (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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Bermudagrass — Cynodon dactylon.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from