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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Eragrostis curvula - weeping lovegrass

Synonyms: Eragrostis chloromelas, E. robusta, E. curvula var. conferta & var. curvula
Plant Form: Grass

Family: Poaceae

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  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Introduced    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Grows on rocky slopes, at the margins of woods, along roadsides, and in waste ground.
Plant Communities:Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 6000 - 8000 feet

General Description

Desc: A vigorous-growing bunchgrass with abundant leaves coming from a coarse, dense, basal crown, 2 to 5 feet tall with droopy seedheads. This grass can outcompete natives and become a monoculture.
Identification Notes: Perennial; seedhead is lead-colored, branches slender, drooping; lemmas less than 1/16 inch, lateral nerves prominent. Blades taper to fine hair-like brownish threads. Collar hairy.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): Y  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: Greater than 36 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - open and spreading  Seedhead Droops: Y
Flowering Period: Jun - Aug
Flower Characteristics

Number of Flowers per Spikelet: Multi-flowered  Spikelets One-sided: N
Awns: Absent   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: N
Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seedhead is 10 to 16 inches long, branches 3 to 6 inches long. Branches not bearing spikelets near the bases. Lower axils of the seedhead stem are hairy. Stems of spikelets much shorter than spikelets. Lemma 3-nerved, lateral nerve may be inconspicuous.
Vegetative Charcteristics

Blade Hairy: Y    Blade with White Margins: N    Blade Cross section: Involute
Blade Notes: Blades 24 to 48 inches long, drooping, slender, tapering to fine hair-like brownish threads. Bases of the densely clustered young leaves are purplish.
Sheath Hairy: Y    Tuft of Hairs at top of Sheath or Collar: Y    Ligules: Hairy
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at collar area: N

Forage Value: Fair.

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