Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2744

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Look for it in fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal or low alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Spikelets greenish
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain reddish
Grain

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Eragrostis hirsuta   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Eragrostis hirsuta   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-11-009:
Eragrostis hirsuta   FAMILY Poaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Eragrostis hirsuta var. hirsuta

GREATER THAN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Eragrostis hirsuta var. laevivaginata

 

COMMON NAME:
Bigtop Lovegrass


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image of Eragrostis hirsuta

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_erhi_001_lvd

        

image of Eragrostis hirsuta

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_erhi_002_lhd

        

image of Eragrostis hirsuta

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_eragrostis_hirsuta_1

September    Lincoln County    NC

Panicle about 2/3-3/4 height of plant, profusely branched, and not purple, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Eragrostis hirsuta

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_eragrostis_hirsuta_2

September    Lincoln County    NC

Blades flat elongate, 5-10mm wide, becoming more or less involute, tapering, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.