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Eleusine indica

Distribution: Uncommon weed in western Oregon; more common in California and eastern United States.

Habitat: Waste ground and roadsides.

Flowers: July - August

Origin: Introduced from Africa

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Wind


Glabrous annual, branching at the base, the hollow culms up to 6 dm. tall.


Sheaths open, the throat with hairs up to 6 mm. long; ligules 0.5 mm. long; blades folded, 3-8 mm. broad.


Inflorescence of 3-6 digital spikes up to 10 cm. long; spikelets several-flowered, articulate above the glume, sessile in 2 rows on one side of the rachis; glumes 3-4 mm. long; lemmas about 4 mm. long, the paleas about half as long as the lemmas; lemmas unawned, with a strong keel and 2 prominent, greenish, lateral nerves; paleas 2-nerved; stamens 3.

Accepted Name:
Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn.
Publication: Fruct. Sem. Pl. 1: 8. 1788.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Eleusine indica in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Eleusine indica checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Eleusine indica information.

E-Flora BC: Eleusine indica atlas page.

CalPhotos: Eleusine indica photos.

USDA Plants: Eleusine indica information.

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