Eragrostis curvula - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The weeping grass (Eragrostis curvula (Schrader) Ness) is a perennial, occasionally annual, genus of the genus Eragrostis of the family of poaceae or grasses. Used as grass and forage for livestock.

Distribution and habitat

It is native to south-east Africa, although naturalized in Argentina, Australia and southern states United. In Spain it can be found in the Canary Islands.


It is a polyploid species, with a photosynthetic path C4 , herbaceous, perennial which reaches a height of 1.9 meters, which forms tillers. The root is fasciculate, with spurs, reaches 4 meters deep and covers a radius of 3 meters. The stem is erect, cylindrical and hairless. The leaves are concentrated in the base, are perennial, alternate, linear and with a smooth edge, the ligule is distinguished by having a line of hairs. The inflorescences are of panicle type of 9- with spikelets of greenish-gray color, with a flower by inflorescence, protected by bracts without edges. It is mainly multiplied by seeds and to a lesser extent by stolons.

Characteristics [edit]

This species is used as a fodder plant for native African cattle because of its adaptation to the environment, good palatability, greater when green, and because it provides good hay.

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Yields of cultivars improve with fertilization of nitrogen and potassium, which can triple production.

It can be associated with Vicia dasycarpa for the production of good quality fodder. Its production in dry base oscillates between 5000 to 7000 kg / ha.


  • Spring: 17.5%.
  • Summer-Winter
  • Good conditions: 20 - 30 t / ha year
Robusta blue suraficano: higher yield
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  • Renner: appetizing, stays green during drought and heat.

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