Eremochloa ophiuroides

Eremochloa ophiuroides, or centipedegrass, is a species of grass in the family Poaceae. Used as a warm season lawn grass, it forms thick sods and spreads by stolons. It is medium to light green in color and has a coarse texture with short upright seedhead stems that grow to about 3-5 inches. Native to Southern China, it was introduced to the United States in 1916[1] and has since become one of the common grasses in the Southeastern United States and Hawaii. It can also be considered a weed.[2]

Eremochloa ophiuroides
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Genus: Eremochloa
E. ophiuroides
Binomial name
Eremochloa ophiuroides
(Munro) Hack.

Cultivation Edit

Centipedegrass is a low maintenance grass.[3] It requires infrequent mowing.[4] Centipedegrass has medium shade tolerance and limited traffic tolerance.[1]

It is shallow rooted[3] and has poor drought tolerance.[1] Centipedegrass survives in mild climates without several hard freezes. With light freezes it will turn brown but recover and re-green as the temperature rises. It does well in sandy and acidic soils.[3] Centipede grass has low fertilization requirements.

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c J. T. Brosnan and J. Deputy. "Centipedegrass." TM-14. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. March 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Weeds Identification App".
  3. ^ a b c Richard L. Duble. "Turfgrass |". Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Texas A&M System. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  4. ^ Aaron Patton and John Boyd. "Centipedegrass." FSA6120. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. (Archived on 23 March 2012.)

External links Edit

  • Centipede Lawns - The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences