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Eragrostis secundiflora ssp. oxylepis

Eragrostis secundiflora J. Presl ssp. oxylepis (Torr.) S.D. Koch

Red Lovegrass, Red Love Grass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Eragrostis oxylepis


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Flowers (florets) of grasses are often minute and therefore inconspicuous. The inflorescence of this subspecies appears reddish to red-brown.


USA: AL , AR , CA , CO , FL , GA , KS , LA , MO , MS , NC , NE , NM , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA
Native Distribution: AL, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, KS, LA, MO, MS, NC, NE, NM, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
Native Habitat: Dry sandy roads, coastal dunes, and disturbed areas.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy soils.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Eragrostis secundiflora ssp. oxylepis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eragrostis secundiflora ssp. oxylepis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eragrostis secundiflora ssp. oxylepis


Record Modified: 2023-06-12
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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