*Eragrostis curvula

Family Poaceae

African Lovegrass

Tufted perennial grass to 1 m high.

Flowers: Inflorescence to 30 cm long, summer – autumn.

Fruit: Dry indehiscent, 1-seeded.

Seed: Cream – brown, 1 mm long. Dispersed by machinery (mowing).

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native to Africa
  • Noxious weed in NSW found in pastures, roadsides and bushland
  • Occasional weed along mown roadsides at the Australian Botanic Garden
  • Resprouts after fire

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Eragrostis curvula plant 

Eragrostis curvula flower