Eragrostis capillifolia Nees
Eragrostis chloromelas Steud.
Eragrostis filiformis (Thunb.) Nees
Eragrostis huillensis Rendle
Eragrostis jeffreysii Hack.
Eragrostis lehmanniana ampla Stapf
Eragrostis poa Stapf
Eragrostis procerior Rendle
Eragrostis pubiculmis Jedwabn
Eragrostis robusta Stent
Eragrostis subulata Nees
Eragrostis thunbergiana Steud.
Eragrostis valida Stent
Poa atrovirens Nees
Poa capensis Steud.
Poa curvula Schrad.
Poa filiformis Thunb.
Common Name: Weeping Love Grass
Cultivated plant in the Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg, Munich, Germany
Photograph by: Daderot
Weeping love grass is a densely clump-forming perennial grass with culms up to 1 metre tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials. It can be used in soil stabilization projects.
Africa - Cameroon, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, south to S. Africa.
Widespread, in montane grassland and in dambos, floodplain grassland, wooded grassland on Kalahari Sand, in miombo woodland and on rocky outcrops and hillsides; also in disturbed ground at roadsides; at elevations from 430 - 2,140 metres[
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Weeping love grass is a plant of the tropics and subtropics of Africa, widely cultivated as a pasture grass in other parts of the tropics. It grows best in areas where the mean annual temperatures are within the range 5.9 to 26.2°c and, when dormant, can survive temperatures down to about -5°c[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 310 - 1630mm[
Prefers an open, sunny position. Easily grown in most well-drained soils, preferring sandy loams[
]. It is adapted to semi-arid and desert areas and sandy soils, growing well on low fertility soils[
]. Prefers a pH in the range of 5.0 to 8.2[
]. Once established, it is a very drought-resistant plant[
The roots contain pyrocatechol, suggesting an explanation for the plants resistance to nematodes[
The species and its varieties are apomictic (producing seed without fertilization) although sexual plants have occasionally been found[
Seed - cooked[
]. Used as a grain[
]. The seed is small and fiddly to utilize - it is most commonly seen as a famine food, used when nothing better is available[
A deep-rooted plant, it is considered excellent for protecting terraces and for grassing water channels and is valuable for erosion control[
The plant is used to make baskets, brooms, hats, ropes, and candles[
Seed - sow in situ, only just covering the seed. Germination is usually very quick and free.
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