Eragrostis hirsuta

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Common name: bigtop lovegrass [1]

Eragrostis hirsuta
Eragrostis hirsuta NRCS.jpg
Photo from USDA NRCS Plants Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida - Moncots
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Eragrostis
Species: E. hirsuta
Binomial name
Eragrostis hirsuta
Natural range of Eragrostis hirsuta from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: E. hirsuta var. hirsuta; E. hirsuta var. laevivaginata Fernald

Varieties: none


E. hirsuta is a perennial graminoid of the Poaceae family native to North America. [1]


E. hirsuta can be found along the southeastern coast of the United States from Texas to Massachusetts, excluding Indiana and Pennsylvania. [1]



E. hirsuta is found in fields, roadsides, clearings, and disturbed habitats. [2] Specimens have been collected from open flatwoods, small limestone glade, margin of shallow pond, open sand of vacant lot and other disturbed areas, hardwood hammock, mixed hardwood forest, and pine-oak woods. [3]

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by gravity. [4]

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 USDA Plant Database
  2. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Wilson Baker, R.K. Godfrey, Angus Gholson, Gary Knight, R.Kral, Richard Mitchell, Sidney McDaniel, Travis MacClendon, G. Wilder, K. MacClendon, Richard R. Clinebell II, D.L. Martin, S.T> Cooper, Ann F. Johnson, R.A. Norris, Cecil Slaughter, Bob Farley, M.J. Quinones. States and counties: Florida (Jefferson, Jackson, Clay, Leon, Franklin, Walton, Levy, Gadsden, Escambia, Suwannee, Dixie, Liberty, Taylor, Clahoun, Marion, St. Johns, Gulf) South Carolina (Richland) Georgia (Thomas, Grady)
  4. Kirkman, L. Katherine. Unpublished database of seed dispersal mode of plants found in Coastal Plain longleaf pine-grasslands of the Jones Ecological Research Center, Georgia.