Eragrostis parviflora (R.Br.) Trin.

Weeping Love-grass

Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. St.-Pétersbourg, sér. 6, Sci. Math. 1: 411 (1831) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Tufted annual, or under appropriate conditions, perennial, culms ascending to erect, to 130 cm high (occasionally plants dwarfed with spreading culms only c. 10 cm long). Leaves strongly ribbed, glabrous, or with marginal hairs; blade flat or inrolled, to 20 cm long and 4 mm wide. Inflorescence typically a rather narrow panicle to 50 cm long, lower branches whorled, branches remaining erect, or occasionally widely spreading, the spikelets usually remaining almost appressed to their branches. Spikelet mostly 5–18-flowered, 3–12 mm long and 1–1.5 mm wide, dark grey- to purplish-green; glumes acute or erose at apex, 0.7–1.8 mm long, the upper only usually scabrous along the keel and longer than the lower by c. 0.5 mm; lemma 1.5–2 mm long, obtuse, usually finely scabrous along the keel; palea slightly shorter than lemma; anthers c. 0.2 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Jun.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. All mainland States. Occurs naturally on and near the Murray River floodplain and in warmer districts in the vicinity of major watercourses, e.g. Snowy River above Buchan, Loddon River at Bridgewater. Also recorded from a few sites where apparently introduced via irrigation or stock, e.g. Lake Glenmaggie near Heyfield and old stockyards near Flemington, an inner western suburb of Melbourne.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1994). Poaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Eragrostis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eragrostis parviflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eragrostis parviflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory