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

Common name(s): lovegrass, Carolina lovegrass
General Information
DistributionNative to North America.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Kaho`olawe, Hawai`i.

Poaceae - Eragrostis pectinacea Poaceae - Eragrostis pectinacea

Annuals; culms erect and decumbent at base, or prostrate, 1.5-4 dm tall, diffusely branched at base, glabrous.
Sheaths often purple at base, 3-6 cm long, glabrous, collar with stiff hairs 2-2.5 mm long; ligule 0.5-1 mm long, ciliate; blades 5-18 cm long, 1-3 mm wide, upper surface scaberulous, lower surface glabrous.
Inflorescences paniculate, diffuse, 7-20 cm long, the lower axils sparsely bearded; spikelets usually silvery, sometimes purple-tinged, 5-18-flowered, linear, 3-8 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide, as long as or shorter than the pedicels, appressed along the main branches; glumes 1-nerved, smooth except the keels, apex acute, first glume ca. 1 mm long, second glume ca. 1.5 mm long; lemmas somewhat imbricate, smooth, upper part of keel slightly scabrous, apex acute, first lemma 1.5-2 mm long, lateral nerves distinct but not prominent; palea ca. 1.5 mm long, keel scabrous.
Caryopsis reddish brown, obovoid, slightly flattened ventrally, 0.8-1.2 mm long.
2n = 40, 60, 80