|Etymology||Genus||Narrow trench; referring to the depressions on the flowering stalk where the florets rest.|
|Species||One-sided; all the florets are situated on one side of the stalk|
|Synonyms||Ischaemum secundatum Walter, Stenotaphrum americanum Schrank|
|Common Names||St. Augustine Grass|
|Native Distribution||Tropical Africa, North America (USA, Mexico), and South America|
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.
Part of a lawn completely covered with the St. Augustine Grass. Note the smoky green colour of the grass.
Dictomous branching with flattened sheaths (arrow).
The inflorescence. The florets are only found on one side of the stalk.
The tip (right) and base (right) of leaf is sharply tapered.