Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


518

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Non-native: southern Africa
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Forest Service Southern Research Station

 

full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Spikelets gray-green
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain yellowish
Grain

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Eragrostis curvula   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-11-007:
Eragrostis curvula   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Eragrostis curvula

 

COMMON NAME:
Weeping Lovegrass


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_ercu2_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0401d_21

January    Greenville County    SC

Field

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JK Marlow    jkm0405u_33

May    Greenville County    SC

Utility right-of-way

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JK Marlow    jkm0405v_04

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0406d_08

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Culms 60-120cm tall, densely tufted, erect, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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JK Marlow    s040604_a

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Panicles 20-30cm long, branches solitary or in pairs, ascending, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Eragrostis curvula

JK Marlow    jkm0407a_15

July    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Commonly planted as a roadbank stabilizer, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Eragrostis curvula

JK Marlow    jkm0210e_07a

October    Greenville County    SC

Utility right-of-way

Leaves greatly elongate, to 1m long, 1.5-3mm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Eragrostis curvula

JK Marlow    jkm0210e_09a

October    Greenville County    SC

Utility right-of-way

Blades elongate, involute, attenuate to a fine point, arcuate spreading, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm0210e_10a

October    Greenville County    SC

Utility right-of-way

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JK Marlow    jkm0312a_17

December    Greenville County    SC

Utility right-of-way

Is fire resistant and shows some capability to spread into natural habitats, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm0312a_27

December    Greenville County    SC

Utility right-of-way

Spikelets 7-11 flowered, 8-10mm long, gray-green, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.