Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide


Eragrostis curvula
(weeping lovegrass)



Eragrostis curvula (weeping lovegrass)


  • Last modified
  • 20 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Pest
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Eragrostis curvula
  • Preferred Common Name
  • weeping lovegrass
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Monocotyledonae
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Eragrostis curvula

Preferred Common Name

  • weeping lovegrass

International Common Names

  • English: African lovegrass
  • Spanish: pasto lloron

Local Common Names

  • Japan: shinadaresuzumegaya

EPPO code

  • ERACU (Eragrostis curvula)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Monocotyledonae
  •                     Order: Cyperales
  •                         Family: Poaceae
  •                             Genus: Eragrostis
  •                                 Species: Eragrostis curvula

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 23 Apr 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes


BotswanaPresentEPPO (2020)
EswatiniPresentEPPO (2020)
KenyaPresentEPPO (2020)
LesothoPresentEPPO (2020)
MozambiquePresentEPPO (2020)
NamibiaPresentEPPO (2020)
South AfricaPresent, WidespreadEPPO (2020)
TanzaniaPresentEPPO (2020)
ZambiaPresentEPPO (2020)
ZimbabwePresentEPPO (2020)


IndiaPresentEPPO (2020)
JapanPresentEPPO (2020)
-HonshuPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
LebanonPresentEPPO (2020)
MyanmarPresentEPPO (2020)
South KoreaPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)


BelgiumPresentEPPO (2020)
FrancePresentEPPO (2020)
GermanyPresentEPPO (2020)
ItalyPresentEPPO (2020)
PortugalPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
-MadeiraPresentEPPO (2020)
SpainPresentEPPO (2020)
-Canary IslandsPresentEPPO (2020)
United KingdomPresentEPPO (2020)

North America

Puerto RicoPresentEPPO (2020)
United StatesPresentEPPO (2020)
-AlabamaPresentEPPO (2020)
-ArizonaPresentEPPO (2020)
-ArkansasPresentEPPO (2020)
-CaliforniaPresentEPPO (2020)
-ColoradoPresentEPPO (2020)
-DelawarePresentEPPO (2020)
-FloridaPresentEPPO (2020)
-GeorgiaPresentEPPO (2020)
-HawaiiPresentEPPO (2020)
-IllinoisPresentEPPO (2020)
-KansasPresentEPPO (2020)
-KentuckyPresentEPPO (2020)
-LouisianaPresentEPPO (2020)
-MarylandPresentEPPO (2020)
-MassachusettsPresentEPPO (2020)
-MississippiPresentEPPO (2020)
-MissouriPresentEPPO (2020)
-New JerseyPresentEPPO (2020)
-New MexicoPresentEPPO (2020)
-New YorkPresentEPPO (2020)
-North CarolinaPresentEPPO (2020)
-OhioPresentEPPO (2020)
-OklahomaPresentEPPO (2020)
-OregonPresentEPPO (2020)
-PennsylvaniaPresentEPPO (2020)
-South CarolinaPresentEPPO (2020)
-TennesseePresentEPPO (2020)
-TexasPresentEPPO (2020)
-UtahPresentEPPO (2020)
-VirginiaPresentEPPO (2020)
-WashingtonPresentEPPO (2020)
-West VirginiaPresentEPPO (2020)


AustraliaPresentEPPO (2020)
-New South WalesPresentEPPO (2020)
-Northern TerritoryPresentEPPO (2020)
-QueenslandPresentEPPO (2020)
-TasmaniaPresentEPPO (2020)
-VictoriaPresentEPPO (2020)
-Western AustraliaPresentEPPO (2020)
New ZealandPresentEPPO (2020)

South America

ArgentinaPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
ColombiaPresentEPPO (2020)

Habitat List

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Uses List

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Animal feed, fodder, forage

  • Fodder/animal feed
  • Forage


  • Erosion control or dune stabilization
  • Revegetation


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EPPO, 2014. PQR database. Paris, France: European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Distribution References

CABI Data Mining, Undated. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

EPPO, 2020. EPPO Global database. In: EPPO Global database, Paris, France: EPPO.

Links to Websites

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GISD/IASPMR: Invasive Alien Species Pathway Management Resource and DAISIE European Invasive Alien Species Gateway source for updated system data added to species habitat list.
Global register of Introduced and Invasive species (GRIIS) source for updated system data added to species habitat list.

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