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Common Name: Sand Lovegrass

Species Name: Eragrostis trichodes

Plant Type: Grasses & Grass-like

Family Name: Poaceae, Grass Family

Tribe: Eragrostideae, Lovegrass Tribe



Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Season Warm
Distribution in the U.S. Throughout the Midwest from Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado and southward to Texas and New Mexico
Distribution in Oklahoma Western two-thirds of the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Long stalks
    • Small tillers (buds) at the base of the plant


    • Large, elongated seed heads purplish-red colored
    • Solitary seed head at the end of each capillary branch; “stacked” florets
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 45-150 centimeters
    • Ligule Type: Ciliate
    • Sheath: Glabrous or pilose
    • Leaves: Basal and cauline
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Inflorescence Type: Panicles
    • Florets Per Spikelet: 4-18
    • Glumes: Unequal



Soil Type Sands and sandy loam
Habitat Sands
Successional Stage Late


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