Eragrostis tenuifolia (A.Rich.) Hochst. ex Steud., Syn. Pl. Glumac. 1: 268 (1854) (syn: Eragrostis parviglumis Hochst. ex Steud. ; Eragrostis tenuifolia var. polytricha Peter ; Poa tenuifolia A.Rich.);
Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, India, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Oman, Rwanda, Réunion, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe; Introduced into: Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Canary Is., Chile Central, Colombia, Cook Is., Costa Rica, Easter Is., Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Galápagos, Great Britain, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Jawa, Lesser Sunda Is., Madeira, Malaya, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New South Wales, Nicaragua, Northern Territory, Panamá, Peru, Philippines, Queensland, Sumatera, Taiwan, Tasmania, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Western Australia, Windward Is. as per POWO;

Annuals or perennials; culms tufted, 20-60 cm high, erect. Leaves 15-25 x 0.2-0.5 cm, linear; base rounded; sheath rounded; ligule a rim of membrane. Panicle 10-20 cm long, effuse, glabrous. Spikelets 0.5-1.3 cm long, linear-oblong, serrate; glumes similar, ovate-lanceolate, 1-nerved; florets 10-18, all bisexual; lemmas 2.25 x 1.5 mm, broadly ovate, mucronate, greyish black; palea curved, truncate at apex, persistent; anthers 1 mm long.

Flowering and fruiting: March-September
Wet areas in wastelands
Tropical Africa and South India
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)



ANOCT28 Please identify this grass (2) : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6).

Bangalore outskirts
6th October 2014

It is a species of Eragrostis, Bangalore out skirts one species of Eragrostis, 4 feet tall and cultivated as fodder grass.

Is it Eragrostis minor?

efi page on Eragrostis minor 

This is Eragrostis tenuifolia. The characteristic feature is a gladular patch in the middle part of the pedicel of each of the spikelet clearly visible in IMG_7230.jpg. The lemmas have a small mucro at the tip and the lateral nerves are not visible. The IMG_7230 tells it all.
This is a common grass found in places having a moderately cool climate and is found in waste places, road sides, etc. and if left unmowed or not grazed, can grow tall. The leaves are narrow.
Found in Bangalore, Munnar, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Dehradun and similar cool localities and also in Delhi.

Thank you very much … I will certainly be able to identify this grass from now on.


SD021 Plant ID assistance : 5 posts by 2 authors. 2 images
Kindly assist with ID of this grass. Clicked 30th Aug, 20. Found in New Delhi

Eragrostis curvula

POWO does not give its distribution here.

Chrysopogon zizanoides (Vetiveria zizanoides)

Eragrostis tenuifolia in the foreground and Chrysopogon (Vetiveria) zizanoides in the background


MS, July, 2023/03 Poaceae for id: 1 image.
Location : Aizawl, Mizoram

Altitude : ca 900 m
Date : 13-07-2023
Habit : Grass
Habitat : Wild

Pl. post a high res. image to see the details.

2 high res. images.

Eragrostis tenuifoliaThe persistent paleas and pedicels of spikelets with a glandular patch are the striking identification features of this perennial grass.
It is commonly found on road sides and lawn borders in sub-tropical to temperate areas and in higher elevations in tropical areas.



ANOCT66 Poaceae for identification (2) :  3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).

Bangalore outskirts
19th October 2014

Eragrostis cilianensis (All.) Janch (= Eragrostis major Host)

Eragrostis tenuifolia




POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  WCSP  Grassbase  GRIN (Eragrostis tenuifolia (A. Rich.) Hochst. ex Steud.) Flora of Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India (2000- Details)  India Biodiversity Portal  

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