Eragrostis curvula

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Eragrostis
Species: curvula
Scientific Name
Eragrostis curvula
(Schrad.) Nees
Scientific Name Synonym
Eragrostis robusta
(Schrad.) Nees
Eragrostis chloromelas
(Schrad.) Nees
Eragrostis curvula var. conferta
Steud.
Common Names

weeping lovegrass, Boer love grass

Overview

Appearance
Eragrostis curvula is a warm-season, perennial grass that can grow to 4 ft. (1.2 m) tall.
Foliage
Leaves are arched, 0.11-0.16 in. (3-4 mm) wide, flat, with ciliate ligules. Sheaths have long hairs inside the upper margin and along the collar. Spikelets are nodding, 0.2-0.4 in. (4-10 mm) long, 0.06-0.07 in. (1.5-2 mm) wide and gray-green.
Flowers
Flower spikelets are elongated, flattened, and have 4 to 13 small flowers. Flowering occurs during early summer and continues through fall.
Fruit
Seed heads are panicles that contain many tiny seeds. The seed heads can grow from 30-40 in. (0.8-1 m) tall
Ecological Threat
Eragrostis curvula inhabits disturbed places such as roadsides and is native to South Africa. It has been planted for erosion control in the southwestern United States and is also used widely as an ornamental.

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