Eragrostis pilosa India lovegrass Poaceae ERPI*; Q; R;

Eragrostis pilosa

Eragrostis pilosa.Daniela Longo. luirig.altervista.org

Eragrostis pilosa is an annual C4 grass (Watling and Press 1998) 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.

Leaves alternate, 0.1-0.3 cm wide. 

Eragrostis pilosa spikelets and inflorescnce. by Andrea Moro. Università di Trieste. Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 License. luirig.altervista.org

Eragrostis pilosa spikelets and inflorescnce. by Andrea Moro. Università di Trieste. Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 License. luirig.altervista.org (Accessed 5/2018).

Flower spikelets about 0.1-0.2 cm wide, 5-17 flowered, glumes smooth, first glume to 0.8 cm, lemmas over 0.1 cm long; palea deciduous inflorescence 5-20 cm long, diffuse, with lowest branches 2 or more per node, bearing spikelets only down to two thirds their length; July-Oct. 

Wetland status: FACU. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Africa. 

Habitat: open sites, roadsides, vacant lots. 

Notes: Host to the root hemi-parasite Striga hermonthicagiant witchweed (Watling and Press 1998; USDA, NRCS 2010).