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Indian Goosegrass - Eleusine indica

Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
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BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Warm season, annual bunchgrass. Stems flat and ascending, 30–90 cm. Leaves: blades 3–7 mm wide; sheaths with overlapping margins (dorsally keeled); ligule membranous. Inflorescence a panicle of 4 to 15 secund spikes, most of them digitately arranged, the branches 5–16 cm long. Spikelets 4–7 mm long, with 5 to 7 florets; glumes similar to lemmas. Lemmas 3–4 mm long, distinctly 3-nerved, awnless; palea well developed. Disarticulation above glumes; unit of dispersal the floret (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Introduced throughout much of the southern portion of North America. One collection from Dawson Co., but reported to be sporadic throughout MT (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Habitat
Disturbed areas, lawns, pastures, roadsides.

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Indian Goosegrass — Eleusine indica.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from