Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Stinkgrass - Eragrostis cilianensis   (Allioni) Vignolo ex Janchen
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Author(Allioni) Vignolo ex Janchen
DistributionMostly the Mountains and Piedmont; rare on the Coastal Plain.

Native of Europe; in N.A. throughout the U.S. and southern Canada.
AbundanceUncommon in the Mountains and Piedmont; rare on the Coastal Plain.
HabitatDry soils; lawn and garden weed, weed in wildlife food plots, roadsides, disturbed ground.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-October.
IdentificationStinkgrass usually has several to many flowering stems from one point. It is annual. Inflorescences are a dark gray color, relatively compact for this genus, each spikelet with 10-30 (-40) florets. When fresh the plant has an unpleasant odor.
Taxonomic CommentsSpecies in the genus Eragrostis -- the lovegrasses -- often have inflorescences that are larger than the rest of the plant. Such inflorescences are very open and airy, but other species have more contracted inflorescences. Each spikelet is laterally compressed and contains few to many florets, which lack awns.
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