Diagnostic: Stenotaphrum secundatum is a rather common weed of lawns. It is vegetatively distinctive. The smoky green leaves are thick (than most grasses) and erect, and the tip and base of the leaf tapered sharply to a point. The overlapping shealth is most distinctive as it is very much flattened.
Interesting Facts: The St. Augustine Grass is a coastal pioneer species in its native habitat (Duistermaat, 2005).
|Part of a lawn completely covered with the St. Augustine Grass. Note the smoky green green of the grass.|
|The tip (right) and base (right) of leaf is sharply tapered.|
|Dictomous branching with flattened sheaths (arrow).||The inflorescence. The florets are only found on one side of the stalk.|
Duistermaat H, 2005. Field guide to the grasses of Singapore (excluding the bamboos). Supplement of The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore, 57: 177.
Posted on 16-Mar-2013 / Last Updated on 11-Jan-2015