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Another scientific name of this grass species is Eragrostis poaeoides. Love Grasses (Eragrostis spp.) are often difficult to identify. One key characteristic of Lesser Love Grass is the presence of glandular droplets along the margins of its leaf blades. It shares this characteristic with another introduced species, Stinkgrass (Eragrostis cilianensis), which is similar in appearance. Stinkgrass resembles a large version of Lesser Love Grass with an inflorescence that is more compact and cluttered. It usually has more lemmas per spikelet (10-40) and its lemmas are longer (2.0-2.5 mm. in length). Stinkgrass usually has glandular droplets along the margins of its spikelets, while Lesser Love Grass usually lacks this characteristic. Both of these species belong to a group of Love Grasses with the following two characteristics


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