|Monocotyledon|| Literature for Eragrostis variabilis
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
|Poaceae -- The Grass Family||Bibliography|
Common name(s): lovegrass, `emoloa, kalamalo, kawelu
|Distribution||In the Hawaiian Islands, endemic to Kure, Midway, Pearl and Hermes, Lisianski, Laysan, Nihoa, Ni`ihau, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Kaho`olawe, Hawai`i.|
||Perennials; culms tufted, erect, usually 4-8 dm tall or taller, glabrous or scaberulous, especially below the panicles.
||Sheaths glabrous or puberulent at apex and on collar, sometimes villous at throat; ligule a ciliate membrane less than 0.5 mm long; blades usually flat near base, involute in upper part, up to 50 cm long, ca. 1 cm wide, upper surface scaberulous, sometimes villous near base, lower surface glabrous.
||Panicles narrow, up to 40 cm long, somewhat open or dense and spike-like, branches strongly ascending to spreading, the axis scabrous or pubescent, sometimes glabrous in lower part, the axils sometimes pilose, pedicels glabrous or scabrous, rachilla glabrous or puberulent; spikelets 8-12(-14)-flowered, 5-10 mm long; glumes subequal, 2-3 mm long, keels usually strongly scaberulous, apex acuminate or attenuate, first glume 1-nerved, second glume 3-nerved; lemmas imbricate, 2.5-3 mm long, scabrous, especially toward apex, the apex acuminate; palea nearly as long as lemma, keel scabrous-ciliate.
||Caryopsis dark reddish brown, ellipsoid to ovoid, 0.8-1.2 mm long, delicately striate.
||2n = 40*