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Indian Goosegrass - Eleusine indica
Other Names:  Yard-grass, Goosegrass, Wiregrass, Crowfootgrass

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
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 County, but reported to be sporadic throughout MT (Lavin in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Disturbed areas, lawns, pastures, roadsides.


  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Brey, C.W. 1998. Epidemiology of wheat curl mite (Aceria tosichella K.) and wheat streak mosaic virus on feral grass species and effect of glyphosate on wheat curl mite dispersal. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 136 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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