The terminal inflorescence, with two rows of alternating spikelets, is also a distinguishing feature. It has often been introduced deliberately, for use as a lawn grass, but it is now classed as a weed in at least nine countries Holm et al. It has a similar growth habit and inflorescence but may be distinguished by its glabrous nodes hairy in A. Prevention and Control Top of page Due to the variable regulations around de registration of pesticides, your national list of registered pesticides or relevant authority should be consulted to determine which products are legally allowed for use in your country when considering chemical control. Cultural Control and Preventative Methods It is important to exclude dung as a fertilizer supplement in nurseries where crop plants are raised because the seeds of A. The weed should also be controlled before it sets seed.
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Top of page This species has been widely known until recently as Axonopus affinis, but Axonopus fissifolius is now the preferred name, reflecting its original naming as Paspalum fissifolium. PIER refers to the possibility of hybridization with A. However, no confirmation of such hybridization has been seen. Description Top of page A. Internodes flattened in section, glabrous. Nodes glabrous or slightly bearded. Leaf sheath compressed, usually glabrous; ligule a truncate fringed membrane 0.
Leaves cm long, -8 mm wide, folded in bud, then flat, obtuse or bluntly acute at the tip, with some marginal hairs on young leaves, otherwise glabrous. Inflorescence borne apically on a flattened culm up to cm high, bearing leaves. Nodes on culm glabrous. Inflorescence comprises -5 racemes slightly divergent, each cm long, on a short common axis.
Glumes and sterile lemma sparsely pubescent on margins. Second glume and first sterile lemma equal, 2- to 4-nerved.
Apex sub-acute. Fertile lemma yellow-brown. Caryopsis pale brown, somewhat flattened 1. Plant Type.
Top of page This species has been widely known until recently as Axonopus affinis, but Axonopus fissifolius is now the preferred name, reflecting its original naming as Paspalum fissifolium. PIER refers to the possibility of hybridization with A. However, no confirmation of such hybridization has been seen. Description Top of page A. Internodes flattened in section, glabrous.
It forms dense mats that are cm high but the flowering culms may reach cm. The general habit is erect and branching. The stems root at the nodes FAO, ; Cook et al. The leaves are cm long and mm broad, flat or folded, glabrous or sparsely hairy on the lower face. The slender inflorescences bear spike-like racemes, which are cm long. The spikelets are about 2 mm long, alternatively arranged on the rachis Bogdan, Carpet grass is usually grazed rather than used in cut-and-carry systems, due to its slow growth and poor yields.