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Some aspects of morpho-anatomical features of the invasive species Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn.


Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn. - goose grass (Poaceae) (syn. Cynosurus indicus L., Eleusine distans Moench, E. gracilis Salisb.) is an invasive species in Romania as well as in several countries in Europe, Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean and many Pacific islands. In our country this species is found in ruderal locations or alongside town roads. A single plant may produce more than 50,000 small seeds, which can be easily dispersed by wind and water. According to different sources, Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn. is native to Africa. It is also considered a very extensive plant and often a difficult weed, drought-tolerant and herbicide-resistant. In 2018, Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn. was studied at the Bucharest University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. Our study targeted the roots, stems, leaves, inflorescence and caryopsis. Morphological and anatomic analyses were made on the plant material collected from ruderal locations in Bucharest, District 4 (Romania).