Pond Lovegrass
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Pond Lovegrass
A Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Pond Lovegrass
Botanical name: Eragrostis japonica    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Eragrostis elegans, Eragrostis minutiflora, Eragrostis milleflora

Pond Lovegrass is a clustered annual or short-lived perennial grass with stems 10-150 cm high, erect. Leaf-blades are flat, up to 30 cm long and 5 mm wide; ligule membranous, 0.3-0.6 mm long, flat, fringed. Flowers are borne in linear panicles, 4-50 cm long; branches rising up close to the main axis or spreading and the panicle lanceshaped to narrowly ovate or branches contracted in dense remote pseudo-whorls, typically 3-14 cm long, bare towards the base, the spikelets shortly stalked and appressed to the secondary branchlets or longer stalked and spreading. Spikelets are 4-14-flowered, ovate-oblong, 1.3-3 mm long, breaking up from the tip, the rhachilla fragile. Pond Lovegrass is a good fodder grass cultivated for pasture in tropical and subtropical regions and occurs wild in Tropical Asia and Africa. Flowering: August-December.

Identification credit: Yogesh Khilari Photographed in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

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