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Eragrostis hypnoides
teal love grass

Distribution: In Washington, chiefly west of the Cascades, and along the Columbia and Snake Rivers; widespread in central and eastern United States.

Habitat: Mud flats along streams, ponds and lakes.

Flowers: June - September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Prostrate, sparsely pubescent annual, the hollow culms less than 1 dm. tall, rooting at the nodes.


Sheaths open; ligules a fringe of straight hairs 0.6 mm. long; blades flat to folded, 1-2 mm. broad.


Inflorescence a congested panicle 1.5-6 cm. long, the branches short, bearing spikelets nearly full length; spikelets 9- to 25-flowered, up to 1 cm. long; first glume 1-nerved, 1 mm. long, second glume 3-nerved, nearly 1.5 mm. long; lemmas keeled, distinctly nerved, glabrous, awnless, nearly 2 mm. long; paleas much shorter than the lemmas; anthers exerted.

Accepted Name:
Eragrostis hypnoides (Lam.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.
Publication: Preliminary Catalogue of Anthophyta and Pteridophyta Reported as Growing Spontaneously within One Hundred Miles of New York 69. 1888.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Poa hypnoides Lam.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Eragrostis hypnoides in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Eragrostis hypnoides checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Eragrostis hypnoides atlas page.

CalPhotos: Eragrostis hypnoides photos.

USDA Plants: Eragrostis hypnoides information.

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