Perennials. Culms densely tufted,10-30 cm long, geniculate; nodes glabrous. Leaves 2-8 x 0.2-0.4 cm, linear-lanceolate, base rounded, apex acuminate; sheaths to 3 cm long, slightly keeled; ligule a row of hairs. Panicles 3-6 cm long, contracted, spiciform. Sikelets 1.5-3 x 1-2 mm, oblong, 5-10-flowered, pale yellow. Lower glume c. 1 x 0.5 mm, ovate-lanceolate, 1-nerved. Upper glume c.1 mm long, ovate-lanceolate, 1-nerved. Lemmas 1-1.5 x 0.5-1 mm, ovate-oblong, apex rounded, 3-nerved. Paleas 1-1.5 x 0.5 mm, obovate or oblanceolate, 2-keeled, ciliate along the keels. Stamens 3. Ovary c. 0.5 mm long; stigma c.0.5 mm long. Grains c. 0.5 mm long, linear. 

Flowering and fruiting: December-June
Along backwaters
Peninsular India

Grass for identification from a coastal area 130413MK01 : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Please help me in identifying this Poaceae. The location is a sandy habitat, near coast.
Is this Eragrostis riparia ?
Place: near Pondicherry
Date: 13 May 2008

Yes it is.






Another grass for ID
At Akshi beach, Alibag

Just a wild guess: Cynosurus cristatus.

I think your guess is not so wild this is Cynosurus cristatus I had a specimen with me

This is one of the Eragrostis ciliaris complex, which includes E.coarctata, E.ciliaris, E.riparia, etc., all of which have dense, cylindrical, spicate inflorescence unlike other Eragrostis species.
Cynosurus cristatus is a European grass and in India is found only in temperate regions. In Cynosurus cristatus, the spikelets are in two rows only with larger florets. You can see plenty of its images on internet.
A similar post of Eragrostis riparia from Pondicherry is at

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