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Eragrostis curvula

African Lovegrass

Pest Plant ACT. General biosecurity duty NSW with additional restrictions in the South East region.

http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/Weeds/Details/3

African Lovegrass is so well established in South Canberra and along the Murrumbidgee, that control in these areas is within a triage mode of largely just  looking after areas of high conservation value. It is spread by wind, mowing, animals and water. Within Canberra Nature Park and more widely in the Majura and Jerrabomberra valleys, where mowing has been more restricted, there is still the opportunity of more widespread successful control. We particularly want any sightings from these areas.

The curling tip to the leaves and the 30cm long brached grey-green to purplish-grey seed head, with small yellow to brown seeds are its most distinctive features.

Leaves are 20 -35cm long, 3-5mm wide, blue-green to dark-green, rough to touch (running down towards the base), margins may be rolled in, the tip is usually bleached and curled. Sheaths are hairy, typically straw coloured to purplish. The ligule is a ring of hairs than 2mm long.

African lovegrass can germinate at any time of the year but typically it will germinate in autumn or spring when moisture is sufficient and temperatures exceed 10°C. Growth of seedlings is relatively slow for the first six weeks. Flowering can occur from early summer and ripe seeds may be present from January to March. In coastal regions the plant can flower all year, but this occurs predominantly in the warmer months.

Seed has an inherent dormancy, which is broken after 5–6 months. Seed germination declines with age; however some seed can remain viable for up to 17 years. Seeds germinate slowly and the plants have poor seedling vigour, making them susceptible to competition from other pastures species, or shading form trees. Plant growth slows when temperatures decline in autumn and winter. Although the plant is susceptible to frosting it remains alive and will regrow again as temperatures increase. Seed spread is enhanced by drought conditions and over-grazing. Paddocks with low ground cover are more susceptible to invasion.

Further references: Agriculture Victoria

African lovegrass is also a very diificult grass to deal with in a fire situation when there are large dense patches of it. See this short video of a Lovegrass Fire Demonstration at Bredbo.

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Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Hughes, ACT - 5 Apr 2021 by ruthkerruish Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at O'Malley, ACT - 5 Apr 2021 by Mike Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Mount Majura - 24 Mar 2021 by waltraud Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Mount Majura - 10 Mar 2021 by waltraud Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Ginninderry Conservation Corridor - 8 Mar 2021 by tpreston Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Dunlop, ACT - 6 Mar 2021 by pinnaCLE Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Franklin Grassland Reserve - 24 Feb 2021 by tpreston Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Mount Majura - 19 Feb 2021 by waltraud Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at The Pinnacle - 8 Jan 2021 by pinnaCLE Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Mount Majura - 6 Jan 2021 by waltraud Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 28 Jul 2020 by ruthkerruish Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Murrumbateman Grassy Woodland - 20 Jun 2020 by AndyRussell Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Uriarra Recreation Reserve - 17 Apr 2020 by RodDeb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge - 30 Mar 2020 by Mike Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Boro, NSW - 28 Mar 2020 by mcleana Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Conder, ACT - 7 Mar 2020 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Point Hut Pond - 2 Feb 2020 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Wamboin, NSW - 26 Jan 2020 by natureguy Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Paddys River, ACT - 1 Dec 2019 by Jubeyjubes Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Gordon Pond - 27 Nov 2019 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 24 Nov 2019 by AndyRussell Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Higgins, ACT - 9 Nov 2019 by MattM Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pialligo, ACT - 9 Oct 2019 by MichaelMulvaney Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Watson, ACT - 8 May 2019 by waltraud Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Chisholm, ACT - 4 May 2019 by RodDeb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Apr 2019 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Hughes Grassy Woodland - 10 Apr 2019 by ruthkerruish Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Tuggeranong DC, ACT - 27 Mar 2019 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 15 Mar 2019 by Mike Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 10 Mar 2019 by Mike Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 10 Mar 2019 by Mike Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Theodore, ACT - 3 Mar 2019 by RodDeb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Rob Roy Range - 27 Feb 2019 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Michelago, NSW - 14 Feb 2019 by MichaelMulvaney Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Maffra, NSW - 10 Feb 2019 by JackieMiles Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at City Renewal Authority Area - 12 Jan 2019 by JanetRussell Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at City Renewal Authority Area - 11 Jan 2019 by JanetRussell Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Yarralumla, ACT - 5 Oct 2018 by ruthkerruish Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 3 Apr 2018 by Mike Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Weston, ACT - 7 Feb 2018 by BillyButtons Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Griffith Woodland - 19 Dec 2017 by ianandlibby1 Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Hughes, ACT - 14 Dec 2017 by ruthkerruish Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 3 Dec 2017 by Mike Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Belconnen, ACT - 27 Nov 2017 by MichaelMulvaney Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Molonglo River Park - 10 Sep 2017 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Hughes Garran Woodland - 10 Jun 2017 by ruthkerruish Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Molonglo River Park - 24 Apr 2017 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Molonglo River Park - 24 Apr 2017 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Hackett, ACT - 22 Apr 2017 by samreid007 Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Paddys River, ACT - 19 Feb 2017 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Banks, ACT - 24 Nov 2016 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Ngunnawal, ACT - 16 Oct 2016 by GeoffRobertson Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Ngunnawal, ACT - 16 Oct 2016 by GeoffRobertson Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 15 May 2016 by MichaelMulvaney Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 9 Mar 2016 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Cotter Reserve - 26 Feb 2016 by MichaelMulvaney Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Bonner, ACT - 8 Feb 2016 by MichaelMulvaney Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 2 Feb 2016 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Chisholm, ACT - 31 Jan 2016 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 31 Jan 2016 by Mike Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Bullen Range - 21 Jan 2016 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Scrivener Hill - 19 Nov 2015 by Mike Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Melrose - 5 Sep 2015 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 21 Jun 2015 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Stone Wall Paddock - 18 May 2015 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Banks, ACT - 2 May 2015 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 18 Mar 2015 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 24 Nov 2013 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Banks, ACT - 24 Jan 2010 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 14 Nov 2006 by michaelb Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 10 Dec 2005 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Hughes, ACT - 5 Apr 2021 by ruthkerruish
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at O'Malley, ACT - 5 Apr 2021 by Mike
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Mount Majura - 24 Mar 2021 by waltraud
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Mount Majura - 10 Mar 2021 by waltraud
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Ginninderry Conservation Corridor - 8 Mar 2021 by tpreston
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Dunlop, ACT - 6 Mar 2021 by pinnaCLE
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Franklin Grassland Reserve - 24 Feb 2021 by tpreston
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Mount Majura - 19 Feb 2021 by waltraud
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at The Pinnacle - 8 Jan 2021 by pinnaCLE
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Mount Majura - 6 Jan 2021 by waltraud
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 28 Jul 2020 by ruthkerruish
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Murrumbateman Grassy Woodland - 20 Jun 2020 by AndyRussell
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Uriarra Recreation Reserve - 17 Apr 2020 by RodDeb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge - 30 Mar 2020 by Mike
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Boro, NSW - 28 Mar 2020 by mcleana
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Conder, ACT - 7 Mar 2020 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Point Hut Pond - 2 Feb 2020 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Wamboin, NSW - 26 Jan 2020 by natureguy
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Paddys River, ACT - 1 Dec 2019 by Jubeyjubes
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Gordon Pond - 27 Nov 2019 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 24 Nov 2019 by AndyRussell
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Higgins, ACT - 9 Nov 2019 by MattM
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pialligo, ACT - 9 Oct 2019 by MichaelMulvaney
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Watson, ACT - 8 May 2019 by waltraud
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Chisholm, ACT - 4 May 2019 by RodDeb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Apr 2019 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Hughes Grassy Woodland - 10 Apr 2019 by ruthkerruish
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Tuggeranong DC, ACT - 27 Mar 2019 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 15 Mar 2019 by Mike
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 10 Mar 2019 by Mike
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 10 Mar 2019 by Mike
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Theodore, ACT - 3 Mar 2019 by RodDeb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Rob Roy Range - 27 Feb 2019 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Michelago, NSW - 14 Feb 2019 by MichaelMulvaney
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Maffra, NSW - 10 Feb 2019 by JackieMiles
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at City Renewal Authority Area - 12 Jan 2019 by JanetRussell
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at City Renewal Authority Area - 11 Jan 2019 by JanetRussell
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Yarralumla, ACT - 5 Oct 2018 by ruthkerruish
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 3 Apr 2018 by Mike
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Weston, ACT - 7 Feb 2018 by BillyButtons
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Griffith Woodland - 19 Dec 2017 by ianandlibby1
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Hughes, ACT - 14 Dec 2017 by ruthkerruish
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 3 Dec 2017 by Mike
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Belconnen, ACT - 27 Nov 2017 by MichaelMulvaney
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Molonglo River Park - 10 Sep 2017 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Hughes Garran Woodland - 10 Jun 2017 by ruthkerruish
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Molonglo River Park - 24 Apr 2017 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Molonglo River Park - 24 Apr 2017 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Hackett, ACT - 22 Apr 2017 by samreid007
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Paddys River, ACT - 19 Feb 2017 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Banks, ACT - 24 Nov 2016 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Ngunnawal, ACT - 16 Oct 2016 by GeoffRobertson
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Ngunnawal, ACT - 16 Oct 2016 by GeoffRobertson
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 15 May 2016 by MichaelMulvaney
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Lake Burley Griffin West - 9 Mar 2016 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Cotter Reserve - 26 Feb 2016 by MichaelMulvaney
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Bonner, ACT - 8 Feb 2016 by MichaelMulvaney
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 2 Feb 2016 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Chisholm, ACT - 31 Jan 2016 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 31 Jan 2016 by Mike
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Bullen Range - 21 Jan 2016 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Scrivener Hill - 19 Nov 2015 by Mike
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Melrose - 5 Sep 2015 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 21 Jun 2015 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Stone Wall Paddock - 18 May 2015 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Banks, ACT - 2 May 2015 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 18 Mar 2015 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 20 Nov 2014 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 24 Nov 2013 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Banks, ACT - 24 Jan 2010 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Pine Island to Point Hut - 14 Nov 2006 by michaelb
Eragrostis curvula (African Lovegrass) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 10 Dec 2005 by michaelb

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