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POACEAE

GRASS FAMILY

James P. Smith, Jr., except as specified

Annual to bamboo-like; roots generally fibrous
Stem generally round, hollow; nodes swollen, solid
Leaves alternate, 2-ranked, generally linear; sheath generally open; ligule membranous or hairy, at blade base
Inflorescence various (of generally many spikelets)
Spikelet: glumes generally 2; florets (lemma, palea, flower) 1–many; lemma generally membranous, sometimes glume-like; palea generally ± transparent, ± enclosed by lemma
Flower generally bisexual, minute; stamens generally 3; stigmas generally 2, generally plumose
Fruit: achene-like grain
Genera in family: 650–900 genera; ± 10,000 species: worldwide; greatest economic importance of any family (wheat, rice, maize, millet, sorghum, sugar cane, forage crops, ornamental, weeds; thatching, weaving, building materials)
Reference: [Hitchcock 1951 Manual grasses US, USDA Misc Publ 200; Clayton & Renvoise 1986 Kew Bull Add Series 13]
See Glossary p. 26 for illustrations of general family characteristics. Generally wind-pollinated.

ERAGROSTIS

LOVEGRASS

John R. Reeder

Annual, perennial herb, often glandular; glands often wart-like, circular, pitted
Leaf: sheath margin hairy on sides just below collar; ligules ciliate
Inflorescence generally panicle-like, open or dense, sometimes spike-like, often glandular
Spikelet laterally compressed; glumes ± unequal, acute or acuminate, 1(3)-veined; florets 3–many, axis breaking above glumes and between florets (or persistent with glumes and lemmas deciduous, paleas remaining attached or not); lemma keeled or rounded, acute or obtuse, 3-veined, veins generally obvious; palea ± = lemma
Fruit lens-shaped or elliptic, sometimes grooved, generally red-brown
Species in genus: ± 300 species: tropical, warm temp
Etymology: (Greek: eros, love, agrostis, a kind of grass)
Reference: [Koch 1974 Ill Biol Monogr 48:1–74]

Native

E. lutescens Scribn.

Annual
Stem ascending or erect, 5–25(70) cm, with ring of glands below nodes; glands circular, pitted
Leaf: sheath generally glabrous, ± soft-hairy near collar, veins ± glandular; ligule ± 0.5 mm; blade 2–10 cm, 1–3 mm wide, flat, folded, or inrolled, lower surface veins generally with many glands
Inflorescence 2–10(25) cm, erect, narrow, sometimes ± open; branches ascending or appressed, glandular
Spikelet 2.5–7(10) mm, yellowish, purple tinged, especially at tip; glumes acute, lower 1–1.5 mm, upper 1.5–2 mm; axis not breaking apart; florets 8–14; lemmas ± 2 mm, veins prominent; anthers 0.2 mm, purple; palea persistent
Fruit < 1 mm, elliptic, brown, not grooved
Ecology: Sandy margins of streams, lakes
Elevation: < 1050 m.
Bioregional distribution: c Sierra Nevada Foothills, San Joaquin Valley
Distribution outside California: to Washington, Colorado, Arizona

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