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What is Axonopus compressus?

Haha. Grass. Axonopus compressus is GRASS. COW GRASS.

There are 2 types of grass. The kind that you plant in cold weather (cool-season) and the kind you plant in tropical weather (warm-season). There are about 7500 grass species in the world, but only about 40 are currently being used as turfgrasses. FYI they are classified into 2 types of grass because (again) they have a unique mechanism to survive in such weathers. It's really interesting to wonder if cool-season grasses can survive in warmer climates and vice versa. Well, researches have been done. There's a range of temperature that they can each tolerate up to!


There's actually 3 entire modules on turf grass management/turf science in my horticulture education, so i can really post my entire module here. But i'm not going to. Cos its BOOORING to have so many information written~!~!~!

Our lecturer brought us to a turf farm to distinguish the differences between the grasses that we have in Singapore that made us name them.


Axonopus compressus is the first and basic plant name you learn in my diploma because this grass is literally everywhere in Singapore. Yes we are made to memorize taxonomy names because we have to learn to identify them. These names are in Latin. Yeah i think it sounds like a spell too. When your friend scold you, just say AXOOOOORNOPUS COMPRESSUNABEICHEEBYE. You sound a lot more sophisticated already.


BUT, there's also Axonopus compressus dwarf which is your Pearl Grass (the shorter kinds) and the dwarf variegated kinds. Super chio.


Like that one, I found in Google:

Unfortunately these grasses are more expensive to have or grow, so not many people care to plant it. Variegated plants tend to have 50% less tolerance because their ability to photosynthesize reduces by 50%. Their color cut by half ma. Makes sense right?


When i'm free I will go and take video of the common grasses in SG for you ok.


A short table for your quick reference:


Cool Season Grasses (NOT APPLICABLE IN SG PLS)

Annual ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum)

Creeping bent grass (Agrostis palustris)

Creeping red fescue (Festuca rubra var. rubra)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis)

Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne)

Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea)


Warm Season Grasses

Bahia grass (Paspalum notatum)

Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) - Used in golf courses/as sports turf!

Buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides)

Cow grass (Axonopus compressus) (also the dwarf) - Commonly used for street turf!

Carpet grass (Zoysia matrella) - Commonly used in lawns!

Centipede grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides)

Japanese lawngrass (Zoysia japonica)

Pearl grass (Axonopus sp.)

Saint Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum)

Serangoongrass/Blue couch (Digitaria didactyla)


Grasses that grow outta nowhere that we are lazy to identify and don't consider a part of us are just deemed weeds.


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