Taxonomy - DNA Classification:
CHAMPION is a triploid, hybrid bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon x Cynodon transvaalensis) with a chromosome number of 2n = 27.
Characterization by replicated DNA amplification fingerprint analysis has shown CHAMPION to be distinctly different from the hybrid bermudagrass cultivars - Tifdwarf, Tifgreen, and Tifway.
DNA amplification fingerprint analysis further indicates t hat CHAMPION may have originated as a somatic mutant or sibling of Tifdwarf hybrid bermudagrass, sharing much of the same genetic identity with Tifdwarf.
CHAMPION is a dwarf hybrid bermudagrass that was selected by Morris Brown in 1987 from a golf green which had been planted with Tifdwarf hybrid bermudagrass in the late 1960’s.