Cynodon dactylon

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Cynodon dactylon, Pers. (Capriola dactylon, Kuntze). BerMuda-grass. Wire-grass. Fig. 1189. Sts. flattened, slender, creeping and rooting at the nodes, producing numerous slender or stout creeping root- stocks: blades hairy around the base: spikes 4-5, 1-1 ½ in. long. Dept. Agric., Div. Agrost. 20: 99. — A native of the warmer parts of the Old World, now widely distributed in the warmer parts of the western hemisphere. Cult. as a pasture and lawn grass in the southern states. Often a troublesome weed in cult, ground. A fine-lvd. form with runners above ground, much used in the S. for lawns, is called St. Lucie grass. In Eu. the stolons are said to be used medicinally like couch-grass, principally as a diuretic. CH

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