Eragrostis lugens

Family (Traditional)Poaceae
Species:Eragrostis lugens Rupr.
Common NameMourning Lovegrass
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Moisture Requirements: Mesic-Hydric; Moisture Requirements: Hydric; Moisture Requirements: Wetland; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Reproductive Phenology: November; Reproductive Phenology: December; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Brown (incl. Maroon); Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Caryopsis; Fruit Type: Grain; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Perianth Present: No; Placentation Type: Parietal; Placentation Type: Basal; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value 5
StatusNative; AGCP (FAC), EMP (FAC) (NWPL); TN[SNR] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Eragrostis flaccida Eragrostis flaccida Lindm.
Eragrostis lugens f. pallida Eragrostis lugens f. pallida Hack.
Eragrostis lugens subsp. flaccida Eragrostis lugens subsp. flaccida (Lindm.) Hack.
Eragrostis lugens var. glabrata Eragrostis lugens var. glabrata Döll
Eragrostis lugens var. glabrescens Eragrostis lugens var. glabrescens Döll
Eragrostis pilosa var. lugens Eragrostis pilosa var. lugens (Nees) Griseb.
Poa lugens Poa lugens (Nees) Kunth

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Haywood (TN), Shelby (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: MEM, TENN

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1971 - 1971

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
MEM006238 Shelby Tennessee 04 Sep 1971 John E. Thompson Jr.
Eragrostis lugens
TENN-V-0031188 Haywood Tennessee
Eragrostis lugens
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