Grass - Panicum repens
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Panicum repens is a perennial grass that frequently forms dense
colonies and has long, creeping rhizomes. Flowering stems are erect and
up to 0.8 m tall. The lower stems sometimes lack leaf blades and consist
of only sheaths. Leaves of the upper stem have sheaths and blades. The
blades are relatively short, flat or sometimes folded and from 2 to 5
mm wide. The inflorescence is a loose, open panicle that is 3 to 10 cm
long that has weakly divergent to ascending branches. Spikelets are about
2.5 mm long.
Torpedo grass grows in moist, often sandy soil along beaches and dunes,
margins of lagoons, marshy shorelines of lakes and ponds, drainage ditches
and canals. Its rhizomes or runners often extend several feet out into
the water, and the plant frequently forms dense floating mats (Tarver
et al. 1986).
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