Here are some Lovegrasses, mainly from the Eragrostis genus, found in southern Africa (some exported to other countries), along with their agricultural / ecological significance (from: Guide to Grasses of southern Africa. van Oudtshoorn, 2012, Briza Press).
Weeping, Tough, Sticky, Dew, Woolly, Superb - their very names speak of the wonders, the mysteries, the heart-worthy travails of love.
|Eragrostis capensis - Heart-seed Lovegrass|
|Eragrostis superba- Saw-tooth Lovegrass|
Small to medium palatable grass on disturbed soil.
|Eragrostis ciliaris - Woolly Lovegrass|
Small to medium grass on disturbed soil. Weed in gardens and cultivated lands.
|Eragrostis nindensis - Wether Lovegrass|
Short, palatable grass on disturbed soil. Resurrects after rain.
|Eragrostis racemosa - Narrow Heart Lovegrass|
Small, palatable grass on shallow soil.
|Eragrostis plana - Tough Lovegrass|
Medium, generally unpalatable grass on disturbed areas and trampled soil. Used for crafts.
|Eragrostis viscosa - Stickly Lovegrass|
Small, unpalatable grass, on disturbed soil and roadsides.
|Eragrostis gummiflua - Gum Lovegrass|
Medium, unpalatable grass on damp soil. Stickly glands on leaf sheaths.
|Eragrostis curvula - Weeping Lovegrass|
Medium to tall palatable, productive hay and grazing grass.
|Eragrostis inamoena – Tite Lovegrass|
Medium grass in wet areas. Stabilises soil in drainage areas.
|Eragrostis bicolor - Vlei Lovegrass|
Small, palatable grass growing in water, moist soils and pans.
|Eragrostis obtusa - Dew Lovegrass|
Small grass on disturbed soil. Indicator of past overgrazing.
|Eragrostis cilianensis – Stink Lovegrass|
Small, unpalatable, odorous grass on disturbed soils and in gardens.
And these are not Eragrostis species but certainly belong here.
|Briza maxima - Large Quaking Grass|
Small, sparse annual grass in disturbed areas and gardens. Ornamental.
|Briza minor - Little Quaking Grass|
Small annual grass on damp, disturbed soil.