Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Monocotyledon Literature for Eragrostis cilianensis
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Poaceae -- The Grass Family Bibliography
      Eragrostis cilianensis

Common name(s): lovegrass, stinkgrass
General Information
DistributionNative to tropical and warm temperate regions of the Old World, now naturalized in the New World.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Maui, Kaho`olawe, Hawai`i.

Poaceae - Eragrostis cilianensis

Tufted annuals, strongly scented when fresh; culms somewhat weak, erect or ascending from a decumbent base, 2-4 dm tall, branching at base.
Sheaths usually somewhat compressed, conspicuously pilose at throat, otherwise glabrous; ligule a line of hairs 0.7-1.2 mm long; blades dark green, flat, 5-15 cm long, 3-6 mm wide, upper surface scabrous, lower surface glabrous, margins with conspicuous tuberculate glands.
Panicles green to grayish green, moderately dense, 5-15 cm long; spikelets 10-40-flowered, oblong, 5-15 mm long, ca. 3 mm wide, compressed; glumes often purple-tinged, subequal, keels sparsely covered with minute glands, apex acute, first glume 1-1.2 mm long, second glume 1.5-1.7 mm long; lemmas closely imbricate, thin, 2-2.5 mm long, conspicuously 3-nerved, keel sparsely covered with minute glands, apex acute, scabrous; palea 1.2-1.7 mm long, keels minutely ciliate.
Caryopsis reddish brown, ovoid to globose, punctate, 0.5-1 mm long.
2n = 40