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Agronomía Mesoamericana

On-line version ISSN 2215-3608Print version ISSN 1659-1321


RETANA-SANCHEZ, Kenneth; AGUERO-ALVARADO, Renán; MONTIEL-LONGHI, Mayra  and  BRENES-PRENDAS, Steven. First  report of Panicum repens L., as a  potential weed in Costa Rica. Agron. Mesoam [online]. 2013, vol.24, n.1, pp.189-193. ISSN 2215-3608.

The objective of  this work was to provide information on Panicum repens as a potential weed in Costa Rica, and the taxonomy associated with this specie for its correct  identification. In April 2012, the first weed samples  of an unidentified grass species was received at the  Weed Science Laboratory of the University of  Costa Rica and EARTH University; the sample was  collected at a roadside in front of a cattle farm in San Carlos, Alajuela, Costa Rica.   Once the  taxonomic details on the spikelets and root system were analyzed, the species was identified as Panicum repens L., which was not yet reported at national herbariums (National Herbarium, and Biology School of the University of Costa Rica) or in specialized literature of the subject. Taxonomic characteristics  for the identification of Panicum repens are included for its identification.

Keywords : potential weed; exotic specie; taxonomic; Poaceae.

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