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Perennial Weed Seedlings

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  • Field bindweed
  • Nutsedges
  • Bermudagrass

Use the photos below to identify weeds in the field. Names link to information on identification and biology.

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Seedling of field bindweed
Field bindweed
(Convolvulus arvensis): Morningglory family; perennial, with most new shoots and seedlings emerging in spring; seed leaves nearly square, with shallow notch at tip; early true leaves spade shaped; petioles flattened.
Young yellow nutsedge
(Cyperus spp.): Sedge family; perennial; first leaves inconspicuous and grasslike; grow mainly from tubers or "nutlets" formed on rhizomes, mostly in upper foot of soil; in cross section, leaves V-shaped, arranged in sets of three at base, and stems triangular.
Seedling of bermudagrass
(Cynodon dactylon): Grass family; perennial; first leaves with somewhat rough surface; ligule surrounded by ring of hairs with tuft of long hairs on either side; auricles absent; stem flat, wiry, and without hairs.

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