Taxon: Eragrostis curvula (Schrad.) Nees

Genus: Eragrostis
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Chloridoideae
Tribe: Eragrostideae
Subtribe: Eragrostidinae
Nomen number: 27889
Place of publication: Fl. Afr. austral. ill. 397. 1841
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 07-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 20-Nov-2007
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 549 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control (fide Grass SAfr)
  • Environmental: revegetator (fide Grass SAfr)
  • Animal food: fodder (fide Grass SAfr)
  • Animal food: forage (fide F TE Afr)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Weed CIBA; Invasive Pl Spec)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania
    • South Tropical Africa: Mozambique ; Zambia ; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana ; Lesotho ; Namibia ; South Africa Cape Province, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal; Swaziland

  • Naturalized

  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal Madeira Islands
    • Northern Africa: Morocco
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Armenia ; Azerbaijan ; Georgia
    • Western Asia: Turkey
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Papuasia: New Guinea
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
    • New Zealand: New Zealand
  • Europe

    • Middle Europe: Belgium ; Germany ; Switzerland
    • Northern Europe: United Kingdom
    • Southwestern Europe: Portugal ; Spain
  • Northern America

    • Mexico
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Georgia, South Carolina
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil Federal District, Minas Gerais, Para, Paraiba, Parana, Sao Paulo
    • Southern South America: Argentina ; Chile ; Uruguay


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