from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A largo genus of grasses, distinguished from
Poaby the more flattened spikelets and the deciduous, carinate, three-nerved flowering glume.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun a genus of annual or perennial grasses of tropics and subtropics.
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- proper noun A taxonomic
genuswithin the tribe Eragrostideae— many tropical grasses, including the love grasses.
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- noun annual or perennial grasses of tropics and subtropics
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I bought a plant of Eragrostis last summer, thrilled with its appearance!
Grasses identified are Panicum laetum, Eragrostis pilosa, Cenchrus biflorus, Dactyloctenium aegyptium, Pennisetum violaceum, Cymbopogon schoenanthus and Chrysopogon aucheri.
Two communities are distinguished on the upper plain: very dense Thamnoseris-Atriplex and less dense Atriplex, Lycapsus tenuifolius (Asteraceae) and Eragrostis spp.
Many species common in montane forest, such as trees of the genera Podocarpus and Juniperus, have economic importance, while several crops including coffee (Coffea arabica) and tef (Eragrostis tef) from the Ethiopian Highlands have been domesticated.
The most frequent plants are Eragrostis peruviana (Poaceae) and the endemic plants Atriplex chapinii, Thamnoseris lacerata and Cristaria insularis (Malvaceae).
These include Solanum brachyantherum, Eragrostis peruviana and Tetragonia macrocarpa.
Eragrostoid grasses, including the genera Bouteloua, Buchloe, Eragrostis, Hilaria, and Setaria increase in importance in Ecoregion 34b compared to 34a.
Thornscrub habitats are dominated by mesquite (Prosopis laevigata) and huamúchil (Pithecellobium dulce), and interspersed with saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) and Eragrostis obtusiflora.
Predominant grassland species include perennials such as Vossia cuspidata, Echinochloa stagnina, Jardinea congoensis, Setaria anceps, Hyparrhenia rufa, and Eragrostis sp., their distributions depending on the duration and depth of seasonal flooding.
The most conspicuous species on San Ambrosio island are Thamnoseris lacerata and Sanctambrosia manicata (Caryophyllaceae), among woody species, and among grass species, Eragrostis peruviana and Eragrostis kuschelii (Poaceae), annuals that may reach as high as 50 cm.