Goosegrass Eleusine is one of the most common non-native grasses on Kure. It has a long branched seed head and is characterized by long narrow blades, which have a distinct keel. The blades are soft and often prostrate, compared to the more rigid upright blades of Eragrostis variabilis. It canRead More →

Beach Wiregrass Dactyloctenium was first found on Kure in 2008. It is a high priority for eradication but unfortunately has spread to several widespread sites on the island. It is most readily identified by its wavy leaf margin, which can be seen in the photo below. Dactyloctenium cotyledons are difficultRead More →

Nutgrass Cyperus rotundus is a non-native sedge mostly found growing in the vicinity of Camp RA. It has a generally erect posture and the blades a corrugated form that in cross-section look like a bird in flight, making it relatively easy to distinguish from the grasses. Cyperus rotundus takes itsRead More →

Bermuda Grass Cynodon was planted by the Coast Guard as a lawn grass. It forms dense, sometimes monodominant stands in several parts of the central plain including camp. It appears to be an excellent material for lining nests. Cynodon does produce seeds however much of the growth and propagation isRead More →

Sandbur Mature Cenchrus echinatus (non-native) are easily spotted by their seed heads, loaded with spiky burs ready to attach to anything that comes their way.  For non-seeding plants, the most reliable character is the reddish color found at the basal part of the stem, and often into the upper stemRead More →