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Eragrostis curvula
WEEPING LOVE GRASS

Higher Taxonomy
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)View DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: GRASS FAMILY
Habit: Annual to woody perennial herb; roots generally fibrous. Stem: generally round, hollow; nodes swollen, solid. Leaf: alternate, 2-ranked, generally linear, parallel-veined; 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; perianth vestigial; stamens generally 3; stigmas generally 2, generally plumose. Fruit: grain, sometimes achene- or utricle-like.
Genera In Family: 650--900 genera; +- 10550 species: worldwide; greatest economic importance of any family (wheat, rice, maize, millet, sorghum, sugar cane, forage crops, ornamental, weeds; thatching, weaving, building materials). Note: Generally wind-pollinated. Achnatherum, Ampelodesmos, Hesperostipa, Nassella, Piptatherum, Piptochaetium, Ptilagrostis moved to Stipa; Elytrigia, Leymus, Pascopyrum, Pseudoroegneria, Taeniatherum to Elymus; Hierochloe to Anthoxanthum; Lolium, Vulpia to Festuca; Lycurus to Muhlenbergia; Monanthochloe to Distichlis; Pleuraphis to Hilaria; Rhynchelytrum to Melinis. The following taxa (in genera not included here), recorded in California from historical collections or reported in literature, are extirpated, lacking vouchers, or not considered naturalized: Acrachne racemosa (Roth) Ohwi, Allolepis texana (Vasey) Soderstr. & H.F. Decker, Amphibromus nervosus (Hook. f.) Baill., Axonopus affinis Chase, Axonopus fissifolius (Raddi) Kuhlm., Coix lacryma-jobi L., Cutandia memphitica (Spreng.) K. Richt., Dinebra retroflexa (Vahl) Panz., Eremochloa ciliaris (L.) Merr., Eustachys distichophylla (Lag.) Nees, Gaudinia fragilis (L.) P. Beauv., Miscanthus sinensis Andersson, Neyraudia arundinacea (L.) Henrard, Phyllostachys aurea Rivière & C. Rivière, Phyllostachys bambusoides Siebold & Zuccarini, Rottboellia cochinchinensis (Lour.) Clayton, Schedonnardus paniculatus (Nutt.) Branner & Coville, Schizachyrium cirratum (Hack.) Wooton & Standl., Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.) Nash, Themeda quadrivalvis (L.) Kuntze, Thysanolaena latifolia (Hornem.) Honda, Tribolium obliterum (Hemsl.) Renvoize, Zea mays L., Zizania palustris L. var. interior (Fassett) Dore, Zoysia japonica Steud. Paspalum pubiflorum E. Fourn., Paspalum quadrifarium Lam., are now reported for southern California (J Bot Res Inst Texas 4:761--770). See Glossary p. 30 for illustrations of general family characteristics.
eFlora Treatment Author: James P. Smith, Jr., except as noted
Scientific Editor: James P. Smith, Jr., J. Travis Columbus, Dieter H. Wilken.
Genus: EragrostisView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: LOVE GRASS
Habit: Annual, perennial herb; often glandular, glands often wart-like, round, pitted. Leaf: sheath margin hairy on sides just below collar; ligules ciliate. Inflorescence: generally panicle-like, open or dense, occasionally 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, lemmas deciduous, paleae remaining attached or not; lemma keeled or rounded, acute or obtuse, 3-veined, veins generally obvious; palea +- = lemma. Fruit: 0.4--2.4 mm, variously-shaped, occasionally longitudinally grooved, generally not noticeably compressed, generally red-brown.
Species In Genus: +- 300 species: tropics, warm temperate. Etymology: (Greek: eros, love, agrostis, a kind of grass)
eFlora Treatment Author: John R. Reeder

Eragrostis curvula (Schrad.) Nees
NATURALIZED
Habit: Perennial herb. Stem: erect, densely tufted, unbranched, 4--12 dm, glabrous. Leaf: sheaths < internodes, glabrous or hairy, generally with long hairs on collar and inside upper sheath margin; ligule +- 1 mm; blade (1)2--3(5) dm, inrolled, long-tapered, distally thread-like, scabrous. Inflorescence: < 35 cm, 15 cm wide, open, generally nodding; branches flexible; lower axils long-hairy; spikelet short-stalked. Spikelet: 5--8 mm, 1.5--2 mm wide, generally gray-green; glumes acute, 1-veined, lower 1.5--2 mm, upper 2.5--3 mm; axis breaking apart tardily; lemma obtuse to +- acute, 3-veined, lemma of lowest floret 1.8--3 mm; anthers 1--1.5 mm, purple. Fruit: +- 1.5 mm, +- ovoid or oblong, light brown. Chromosomes: 2n=40,60,80.
Ecology: Roadsides; Elevation: < 700 m. Bioregional Distribution: CaRF, GV, SCoRO, SnBr, PR, DMoj; Distribution Outside California: to southern United States; native to southern Africa. Flowering Time: Aug--Oct Note: Ornamental, cultivated for erosion control.
Synonyms: Eragrostis curvula var. curvula
eFlora Treatment Author: John R. Reeder
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Citation for this treatment: John R. Reeder 2016. Eragrostis curvula, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=24463, accessed on February 13, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 13, 2016.


Geographic subdivisions for Eragrostis curvula:
CaRF, GV, SCoRO, SnBr, PR, DMoj;
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