Axonopus compressus (Sw.) P.Beauv., Ess. Agrostogr. 12 1812. (Syn: Agrostis compressa (Sw.) Poir. [Illegitimate]; Anastrophus compressus (Sw.) Schltdl. [Invalid]; Anastrophus compressus Schltr. ex Döll; Anastrophus platycaulis (Poir.) Nash; Anastrophus platycaulmis Schltdl. ex B.D.Jacks. [Invalid]; Anastrophus platyculmis Schltdl.; Anastrophus platyculmus (Nees) Schltdl. ex B.D.Jacks.; Axonopus amplifolius Chase ex C.E.Hubb. [Invalid]; Axonopus brevipedunculatus (Gledhill) Gledhill; Axonopus compressus var. australis G.A.Black ….; Axonopus kisantuensis Vanderyst; Axonopus multipes Swallen; Digitaria domingensis Desv. ex Kunth [Invalid]; Digitaria platicaulis (Poir.) Desv.; Digitaria uniflora Salzm. ex Steud. [Invalid]; Echinochloa compressa (P.Beauv.) Roberty; Milium compressum Sw.; Panicum platycaulon (Poir.) Kuntze; Paspalum compressum (Sw.) Raspail [Illegitimate]; Paspalum compressum P. Beauv. ex C.P. Cowan; Paspalum compressum (Sw.) Nees; Paspalum conjugatum var. subcordatum Griseb.; Paspalum depressum Steud.; Paspalum filostachyum Rich. ex Steud.; Paspalum furcatum var. parviflorum Döll; Paspalum guadaloupense Steud.; Paspalum kisantuense Vanderyst [Invalid]; Paspalum laticulmum Spreng. [Illegitimate]; Paspalum macropodium Steud.; Paspalum platycaulon Poir.; Paspalum platyculmum Thouars ex Nees; Paspalum raunkiaeri Mez; Paspalum tenue Willd. ex Steud. [Invalid]; Paspalum tristachyon Lam.; Paspalum tristachyum Lam.; Paspalum uniflorum Steud. [Invalid]);
Tropical & Subtropical America: Alabama, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arkansas, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Cayman Is., Central American Pac, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Florida, French Guiana, Galápagos, Georgia, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Suriname, Texas, Trinidad-Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is.; Introduced into: Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Cameroon, Caroline Is., Central African Repu, China South-Central, China Southeast, Christmas I., Congo, Cook Is., East Himalaya, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, Hawaii, India, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malaya, Marianas, Marquesas, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Is., Philippines, Réunion, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Society Is., Solomon Is., Spain, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tokelau-Manihiki, Tonga, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis-Futuna Is., West Himalaya, Zaïre, Zimbabwe as per POWO;
Blanket grass, Broadleaf carpet grass, Lawn grass, Louisiana grass, Tropical carpet grass;

Grass for ID : Lonavala : 161012 : AK-1:
Grass found on the lawns of a resort in Lonavala on 18/8/2012.
It had a creeping habit, not known if cultivated or growing wild since it was in few places only and not all over the lawn.

this grass / lawn known as paspalum lawn in pune city. good for semi shade condition.

Looks like Axonopus compressus (Carpet grass) which is a common and natural lawn grass found almost everywhere in the western ghats. There is a single vague inflorescence in the left bottom side of the photograph. If you could get a close up of any inflorescence, this can be confirmed.

This was at a resort I was visiting, so unlikely I will go there again in near future.
But if I do, will surely keep in mind.

Poaceae, Cyperaceae and Juncaceae Week: Poaceae :060413 ARK-13 from Mumbai : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Requesting ID of a grass from a cultivated garden in Mumbai in Mar 2013

Axonopus compressus

Popularly known as Carpet grass

Grass ID from Bangladesh SM092 :  8 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (1).

Habit: Herb
Habitat: Park

Location: Dhaka City

Is there any spikelet?

Didn’t see. But it is very common after Cynodon dactylone in our field

taken recently … Attachments (2).

Eleusine indica I hope

Probably Axonopus spp.

most probably axonopus compressus

Axonopus compressusCarpet grass

Hooghly-sk-Oct-38 – Grass : Axonopus compressus (Sw.) P.Beauv.? : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8).
Photographed on 16-Oct-2014, found on village roadside.

how many grasses are there
is there a nice grass book you can recommend?

I do not have any book, except a booklet in Bengali that features about 25 species and a few bamboo. I would appreciate it very much if any member can provide the name(s) of available books. An article informs that we have about 400 grass species in West Bengal.
The booklet I have –
বাংলার ঘাস ও বাঁশ
দুলাল চন্দ্র পাল
পশ্চিমবঙ্গ জীববৈচিত্র পর্ষদ (২০১০)

yes it seems Axonopus compressus (Sw.) P.Beauv, shade grass, used in some lawns.

…, thank you and oh
Dr DC pal er kachhe ami kichhu din class korechhi
uni ki ekhono achhen?
oi boyti kothay kinte pawa jay?
Tumi kothay theke kinechhile?
website kaajye debe

Dr. Pal ke ami chini/jani na, sutarang bolte parbo na. Ami boi ti College St. er Dey books theke kinechi, bachor du-tin age.

Grass id from BD_SM_1220 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 2 Mb.

Oplismenus compositus!

not rally, it is cypresus sp.

Seems Axonopus sp.

Axonopus compressus

I think from Bangladesh.

A university campus, it is common in Bangladesh, basically in the urban the field, park


Grass for ID : Bangalore : 17AUG20 : AK-06 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Grass seen in Bangalore today.
Not sure if cultivated or wild.

Axonopus compressus ma’am, 

There are two grasses which look just the same in vegetative stage. 1. Digitaria didactyla which is cultivated and 2. Axonopus compressus which is natural. If you can find out the inflorescence it can be easily distinguished as either of the two.

Thanks a lot … Generally they are trimmed and not allowed to grow. But I will definitely keep a watch for the flowers and update when I find them.

Where was it in Bangalore clicked ?

This was clicked in a housing complex in the children’s play area.

I could find the inflorescence today morning, which had escaped trimming.
Hope these pictures help.

I am right ma’am, it’s Axonopus only,

Yes … You were right.
… has also replied to me as follows
Axonopus compressus (spikelets are on opposite sides of Axis and the leaf sheaths are compressed. Hence the name Axonopus compressus)”


Mumbai, MH :: Requesting ID of this grass :: ARK2021-035: 2 images.
Is this the inflorescence of Oplismenus burmanii.
Was seen in a private park as ground cover in July 2013

I am afraid not !

Could it then be Axonopus compressus ? Just checked my archives and I found some similar pics.
But grasses are too complicated…..

Yes, it’s you’re right

Axonopus compressus


SK 3276 30 December 2021 – Grass: 6 very high res. images.

Location: Surkhet, West Nepal
Altitude:  382 m.
Date: 28 August 2021
Habit : Wild

Digitaria didactyla – an introduced lawn grass often confused for Axonopus compressus

This sp. has got no distribution in Nepal. could be something else?

Sorry. I didnt see the first image. It is Axonopus compressus only, known as carpet grass naturally found in shady localities especially on forest paths and road sides. But it is also found growing on roadside lawns, usually dispersed by cattle through their dung.
Not Digitaria didactyla which is a lawn grass of higher altitudes, though it looks same in vegetative stage.

Axonopus compressus (Sw.) P.Beauv.



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