Dallis grass

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Dal·lis grass

A South American perennial grass (Paspalum dilatatum) having long seedheads, grown for pasturage in the southern United States and often occurring as a weed in lawns.

[After A.T. Dallis, 19th-century American farmer who promoted its use as pasturage.]
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Dal′lis grass`

(ˈdæl ɪs)
a pasture grass, Paspalum dilatatum, native to South America and naturalized in the southern U.S.
[1905–10, Amer.; after A. T. Dallis (or Dallas), 19th century U.S. farmer]
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Noun1.dallis grass - tall tufted perennial tropical American grass naturalized as pasture and forage grass in southern United States
grass - narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
genus Paspalum - a genus of perennial grasses of warm regions
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She enjoys imagining the birds' pleasure though, to find such amplitude in a place where previously there had been only rough Dallis grass and the everlasting briars.
The nine most-common plant species found in 20 PEM1 wetlands in the northern Sierra foothills were (not in order of prevalence) (A) common rush, (B) water smartweed, (C) sand spikerush, (D) rice cutgrass, (E) Baltic rush, (F) dallis grass, (G) common spikerush, (H) cattail and (I) willowherb.
Grasses consumed by emus expressed as percent of all grasses included Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon; 19.2%), Texas wintergrass (Stipa leucotricha; 11.5%), sandbur (Cenchrus; 7.8%), fringed signalgrass (Panicum reptans) and dallis grass (Paspalum dilatatum; 11.5%), and unidentified grasses and stolons (30.8%).