Bermuda grass originated from the savannas of Africa. It is the common name for all the East African species of Cynodon. Cynodon dactylon grows in open areas where there are frequent disturbances such as grazing, flooding, and fire.

Around the world Cynodon dactylon is also referred to as dūrvā grass, Bermuda grass, bermudagrass, dubo, dog's tooth grass, Bahama grass, devil's grass, couch grass, Indian doab, arugampul, grama, and scutch grass. Being a native to north and east Africa, Asia, Australia and southern Europe. It is not native to Bermuda however it is very abundant and grows aggressively there. It is assumed to have arrived in North America from Bermuda, resulting in its common name.

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