Bermuda grass, perennial pasture, lawn, and hay grass ( Cynodon dactylon ) of the family Poaceae ( grass family), native to Africa and Asia and now common in warm regions of both hemispheres. It is the standard pasture grass in the S United States. It is heat- and drought-resistant and grows in almost any soil that is not too wet or shady, spreading rapidly and often becoming a weed. Bermuda grass is classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Liliopsida, order Cyperales, family Poaceae.
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