Eragrostis pectinacea
Family: Poaceae
Carolina love grass, low love grass, small love grass, tufted love grass
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Robert W. Freckmann  
Eragrostis pectinacea image
University of Wisconsin - Madison (WIS-VP)  
Etymology: Eragrostis: Greek er for "spring" and agrotis for "grass"
Plants: annual grass
Conservation Status: Native
Lakeshores, riverbanks, sandbars, exposed wet soil, gravel areas, pavement cracks, gravel road shoulders, gravel pits, quarries, railroad corridors, waste areas, gardens, agricultural land, prairies, rock outcrops, rocky hillsides, woodland borders. Our most common species in the genus, its historic range lost to antiquity. Most likely originally native to exposed wet areas along rivers and other water bodies but now a ubiquitous weed, especially along roads. Shinners (1941) compared its spread in the state to that of Sporobolus vaginiflorus, with which it often grows. A few specimens appear to have the lowest panicle branches whorled but upon closer inspection the lateral branches just split off very low.