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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a genus of perennial grasses of the family Gramineae. There is a long, spreading rootstock and procumbent and ascending aboveground shoots. The stems are leafy, and the inflorescence consists of three to eight digitately arranged spicate branchlets. The small spikelets bear one or two flowers and form two approximate rows on the branchlets.

There are about ten species, distributed in tropical, subtropical, and temperate zones. The USSR has one species, Bermuda grass (C. dactylon), which is native to tropical Africa. Bermuda grass is found in the southern part of the European USSR, the Caucasus, the southern part of Western Siberia, and Middle Asia. It grows on grassy slopes, in meadows, on river flood-plains, in wastelands, and along roads. It is a weed in fields and orchards. Bermuda grass is a valuable pasture plant. Readily eaten by agricultural animals, it grows rapidly after grazing and withstands trampling well. It is one of the best lawn plants and serves as good ground cover at airports and on athletics fields. The plant can be used to control soil erosion. In regions of irrigated agriculture, Bermuda grass is a pernicious weed. Control measures include plowing or raking up the rootstocks, after which the roots dry out and freeze. Also effective is the application of herbicides to the soil before plowing.


Kott, S. A. Sornye rasteniia i bor’ba s nimi, 3rd ed. Moscow, 1961.
Beliuchenko, I. S. Zlakovye kormovye rasteniia tropicheskogo poiasa. Moscow, 1969.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Cynodon dactylon, also known as Bermuda grass, is a common perennial native grass that grows naturally and ornamentally in the tropical and warm temperate regions [12, 13].
Li, "Physiological responses of somaclonal variants of triploid bermuda-grass (Cynodon transvaalensis x Cynodon dactylon) to drought stress," Plant Cell Reports, vol.
Por otra parte, la menor presencia de leguminosas en cultivares jovenes posiblemente se deba a la alta competencia que tiene las especies espontaneas por la agresividad y alto vigor de las variedades de Cynodon. Su crecimiento por medio de estolones, a menudo lenosos, le permite distribuirse rapidamente al generar raices profundas y culmos de hasta 1 m de largo que, al mismo tiempo, producen semillas que facilitan su dispersion (Mislevy 2002; Villalobos y Arce 2013).
Detection and molecular characterization of bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) white leaf phytoplasma from Turkey.
At least 20 species showed frequency around 90%, of which 3 species Ageratum conyzoides, Eichhornia crassipes, and Lantana Camara manifested frequency 99%, while distributions of Cynodon dactylon, Mikania indica, Parthenium hysterophorus, Crotalaria pallida and Cassia alata were >90%.
An efficient callus suspension culture system for triploid bermudagrass (Cynodon transvaalensis x C dactylon) and somaclonal variations.
The selected wheat weeds were Malva neglecta, Chenopodium murale, Cyperus rotundus, Dactyloctenium ageytium, Launaea nudicaulis, Avena fatua, Ageratum conyzoides, Cnicus arvensis, Ephedra spp., Rumex dentatus, Cynodon dactylon, Convolvulus arvensis, Polygonum plebejum, Cenchrus setigerus, Phalaris minor, Euphorbia prostrata and Coronopus didymus.
This is important, especially because the hyper accumulation potentials of some of these species such as Eleusine indica and Cynodon dactylon for other metals are already reported (Wong and Lau, 1985; Anoliefo et al., 2006), whereas the others were quite new to be identified.