Eragrostis pectinacea Carolina lovegrass Poaceae ERPE; Bx, sw; NY, hb, mn; Q, j; K, fs, lk, pl; R, c, fk, is, sb, sm;

 

Eragrostis pectinacea plants in bloom. R. Schipper. Herbarium, /University of Michiga, michiganflora.net (Accessed 5/2018).

Eragrostis pectinacea is an annual C4 grass (Ludwig et al. 2010), slender, short, densely tufted, 10-60 cm tall, erect, or bent only at base, often branching from lower nodes, sheaths shorter than internodes, top of sheath with long-hairy lobes, ligule a band of short hairs. 

Eragrostis pectinacea ligule and sheath. Billy E. Warrick, Ph.D. Texas Cooperative Extention Service. Soil, Crops, and more Information. soilcropsandmore.info

Eragrostis pectinacea ligule and sheath. Billy E. Warrick, Ph.D. Texas Cooperative Extention Service. Soil, Crops, and more Information. soilcropsandmore.info (Accessed 5/2018).

Leaves alternate, 2.5-10 cm long (Hilty 2006), 0.1-0.4 cm wide. 

Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita, Università di Trieste - Progetto Dryades - Picture by Andrea Moro - Troy sur Loire, Dipartimento Nièvre, riva destra della Loira., Francia, - Image licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 License

Eragrotis pectinacea spikelets. Picture by Andrea Moro – Troy sur Loire, Dipartimento Nièvre, riva destra della Loira., Francia, – Image licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 License.luirig.altervista.org (Accessed 1/2017).

Flower spikelets small, 0.5-0.8 cm long, 0.1-0.2 cm wide, gray 6-15 flowers , glumes much shorter than spikelet, keel minutely toothed, lemmas 0.1-0.2 cm, grain to 0.1 cm, palea persistent on spikelet axis; inflorescence 5-25 cm long, usually 1-2 branches per node, diffuse, delicate, bearing spikelets from near base, spikelet stalks appressed to branch; blooms and fruits July-Oct. 

Wetland status: FAC. 

Frequency in NYC: Occasional. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Open, moist sandy soil, ditches, disturbances.