GOOSEGRASS
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Eleusine indica   (L. ) Gaertn.
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Annual
Height: 4-30 inches
Family: Poaceae - Grass Family
Flowering Period:   July, August, September
Culms: Prostrate to ascending or erect, slightly flattened, glabrous.
Blades: Flat or folded, 2-8 inches long, less than 1/4 inch wide, mostly glabrous but sometimes with long hairs on upper surface near ligule; tips blunt or rounded.
Sheaths: Loose, keeled, overlapping below, flattened, sparsely hairy or glabrous.
Ligules: Membranous, irregularly cut or torn.
Inflorescences: Panicles; branches 2-10, spike-like, 1.5 to 4 inches long, crowded at tip of culm, palmately whorled, sometimes 1 or 2 borne below main whorl.
Spikelets: Numerous, crowded, 2-7-flowered; awns absent; florets sessile, closely overlapping in 2 rows along 1 side of rachis.
Habitat: Waste areas, lawns, and fields, common in compacted soils that border trails and roads.
Distribution: Principally east 3/4 of Kansas.
Comments: Tufted. This naturalized grass is a common weed in tropical and subtropical areas.

Goosegrass
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Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
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Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas