Eragrostis amabilis

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  • Botanical Name : Eragrostis amabilis (L.) Wight & Arn.Syn.
  • Eragrostis is derived from the Greek eros meaning love, and agrostis, grass, in allusion to the loose dancing spikelets. Tenella meaning tender, delicate.

  • Synonyms : Eragrostis plumose (Retz.) Link, E.tenella (L.)Roem.& Schult.
  • Common Name : Kalavo, Limor, Bug's Egg Grass
  • Plant Family : Poaceae (Gramineae)
  • According to the Rules of ICBN the names of the families should end in -aceae. Thus the new name for the family Gramineae became Poaceae. However, the name Gramineae is also exempted and conserved under 'NominaConservanda' because of their constant use for a long time.

  • Plant Form : Grasses
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1-30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Punit Van, Sarita Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Infocity, Basan, Aranya Van

About Eragrostis amabilis Plant :

  • Habit : Erect or suberect, 10-30 cm tall, slender, geniculate annuals.
  • Leaves : Narrowly linear, flat or convolute, glabrous.
  • Inflorescence : Panicles long, ovate oblong or cylindric, effuse, open or contracted.
  • Flowers : Spikelets long, oblong, pale green, often tinged.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : Throughout the year.
  • Significance : The grass is eaten by cattle, both green and as hay, and the grain is said to be nutritious.