Chinese Lovegrass
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Chinese Lovegrass
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Chinese Lovegrass • Marathi: सीतेचे पोहे seete-che pohe • Nepali: बन्सो banso • Telugu: ఊదర గడ్డి udara gaddi
Botanical name: Eragrostis unioloides    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Poa unioloides, Eragrostis amabilis

Chinese Lovegrass is an annual, or perennial, short-lived grass. Stems are rising or prostrate, 7–50 cm long, rooting from lower nodes. Ligule is a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades are 3–10 cm long, 2–5 mm wide. Spikelets occur in panicles. Spikelets are ovate, laterally compressed, looking like pink hearts, 4–12 mm long, 2–3.4 mm wide. The spikelets can be white too. Chinese Lovegrass is found in Tropical & Subtropical Asia, including the Himalayas.

Identification credit: Satish Pardeshi, Manoj Chandran Photographed in Maharashtra.

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