Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Indian Goose-grass - Eleusine indica   (L.) Gaertner
Members of Poaceae:
Only member of Eleusine in NC.
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Author(L.) Gaertner
DistributionThroughout the state; no doubt in every county.

Native in Africa; in N.A. throughout most of the U.S., rare in Canada.
AbundanceCommon throughout.
HabitatMostly dry to mesic soils of roadsides, lawns, fallow cropfields, garden weed, campusus, sidewalk cracks, waste areas, vacant lots, etc.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-October.
IdentificationIndian Goose-grass is one of those weedy grasses with a handlike inflorescence (digitate). There may be 4-10 "fingers" at the tip of the stem, sometimes a single one well below. The fingers are held somewhat erect, sometimes rather horizontal. From Dactyloctenium it differs in its blunt tip to each "finger" (vs. taper-pointed).
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State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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B.A. SorrieWhispering Pines, edge of fallow field, August 2021. MoorePhoto_non_natural
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