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Eragrostis pilosa (L.) P. Beauv.
India lovegrass (Indian lovegrass)
Poaceae (Grass family)

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Eragrostis pilosa var. pilosa

Species Information

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Annual tufted grass from fibrous roots; stems erect or abruptly bent, 8-45 (70) cm tall.
Sheaths smooth, occasionally glandular, fringed with fine hairs at summit, the hairs up to 3 mm long; blades 2-15 (20) cm long, 1-2.5 (4) mm wide, flat, more or less rough short-hairy above and smooth below; ligules 0.1-0.3 mm long, fringed with fine hairs.
Inflorescence an open, diffuse, ellipsoid to egg-shaped panicle, 4-20 (28) cm long, 2-15 (18) cm wide, the branches 1-10 cm long, spreading 10-80degree (110degree) from the stem axis, hairlike, whorled on the lowest 2 nodes, sparsely soft-hairy in the branch axils; spikelets (2) 3.5-6 (10) mm long, 0.6-1.3 mm wide, flattened, (3-) 5- to 17-flowered, loosely arranged, linear to oblong or narrowly egg-shaped, greyish; glumes 0.3-1.2 mm long, narrowly egg-shaped to lanceolate, translucent, the lower glumes 0.3-0.6 (0.8) mm long, 1-nerved, the upper glumes 0.7-1.2 mm long, 3-nerved; lemmas 1.2-1.8 mm long, egg-shaped or lanceolate, membranous to translucent, strongly nerved but the lateral nerves inconspicuous, greyish-green below, reddish-purple above, the tips sharp-pointed; paleas 1-1.6 mm long, easily deciduous, membranous to translucent, the tips rounded; stamens 3, anthers 0.2-0.3 mm long, purplish; caryopses 0.5-0.9 mm long, egg- to prism-shaped, both ends rounded, smooth to faintly lined, light brown.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet to moist roadsides and waste places in the steppe zone; infrequent in SW BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Eragrostis perplexa L.H. Harvey
Eragrostis pilosa var. perplexa (L.H. Harvey) S.D. Koch
Eragrostis pilosa var. pilosa (L.) P. Beauv. [superfluous autonym]
Poa pilosa L.

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