Creeping bent (Agrostis stolonifera variety palustris)
Any of the annual or perennial grass
es that make up the genus Agrostis
, in the family Poaceae (or Gramineae), found in temperate and cool regions and at high altitudes in subtropical and tropical areas. At least 40 species are found in the U.S.; some are weeds, others forage
plants. They have slender stems and flat blades. Many spread by creeping stolon
s. Redtop (A. gigantea
) is a hay
and pasture grass. Creeping bent (A. stolonifera
) and colonial bent (A. tenuis
) are popular lawn grasses; the many strains of both species are planted in golf courses and bowling greens, where they are closely cut to develop a fine, spongy, firm turf.
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