Eragrostis curvula weeping lovegrass Poaceae ERCU*p; Q, j, tl; K, fl, pl; R, sb;

 

Eragrostis curvula.commons.wikimedia.org

Eragrostis curvula.commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 5/2014).

Eragrostis curvula is a perennial C4 grass (Downton 1971), 60-180 cm tall, tufted, stems very tough, keeled, hairy at base; sheath often pale tan at base, sometimes purplish higher up, with long hairs at top, ligules a dense band of short hairs. 

Leaves long, fine, about 60 cm, inrolled when dry. 

Eragrostis curvula spikelet. Table Grape Weed Disseminules. idtools.org

Eragrostis curvula spikelet. Table Grape Weed Disseminules. idtools.org (Accessed 5/2018).

Flower spikelets dark gray-green 0.5-0.9 cm long, flattened, ranked, pinnate appearance, somewhat appressed to branches, eventually becoming pale gray with tan veins, fragmenting between florets, 5-9 florets, about 0.3 cm long, first glume about 0.2 cm, second 0.2-0.3 cm, lemma 0.20.-3 cm, often deciduous; inflorescence 20-35 cm long, open, axils of main branches hairy. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Africa. 

Habitat: Open areas, dry sandy soil pH 4.5-8.5, tolerant of drought, moderately tolerant of fire, intolerant of salt, shade (USDA, NRCS 2010). 

Notes: Escaped ornamental. Becoming invasive and displacing native plants where present.