IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Goose Grass (Eleusine indica) superficially resembles one of the crabgrasses (Digitaria spp.) because of the finger-like spikes of its inflorescence and its habit of growth, but it is actually quite different. The foliage of Goose Grass is rather shiny, while the foliage of crabgrass is more dull-colored. The spikelets of Goose Grass, if they are examined carefully, will be found to have multiple overlapping lemmas (typically 3-7 lemmas per spikelet). These spikelets are initially shiny and silvery, but they later turn brown. In contrast, each spikelet of crabgrass has only a pair of lemmas. The finger-like spikes of crabgrass are more narrow than those of Goose Grass, and they are usually green or reddish green and less shiny.

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