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Carol and Jerry Baskin
University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0225

Family Scientific Name: Poaceae
Family Common Name: Grass family
Scientific Name: Eragrostis trichodes (Nutt.) Wood.
Common Name: Sand lovegrass
Species Code: ERATRI
General Distribution: E. trichodes is found from South Dakota and Illidnois south to Texas and Arkansas in sandy soils in prairies and open, sandy woodlands.
Propagation Goal: Plants
Propagation Method: Seed
Product Type: Container (plug)
Propagule Processing: Seeds exhibit physiological dormancy.
Pre-Planting Treatments: Seeds are placed in cold moist stratification for 14 days. Germination occurs at 30D/20N C alternating temperature cycle.
Dry storage of spring germinating seeds resulted in 62% germination.
Heating pretreatment resulted in 100% germination.
Pretreatment with potassium nitrate resulted in 63% germination.
References: Ahring, R. M., Dunn, N. L., Jr. and Harlan, J. R. (1963). Effect of various treatments in breaking seed dormancy in sand lovegrass, Eragrostis trichodes (Nutt.) Wood. Crop Sci. 3, 131-133.
Robocker, W. C., Curtis, J. T. and Ahlgren, H. L. (1953). Some factors affecting emergence and establishment of native grass seedlings in Wisconsin. Ecology 34, 194-199.
Table 10.24 In: Baskin, C.J. and Baskin, J.M. Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography and Evolution in Dormancy and Germination, Academic Press, 1998. Chapter 10: A Geographical Perspective on Germination Ecology: Temperate and Arctic Zones, pages 331 to 458.

Baskin, Carol C.; Baskin, Jerry M. 2002. Propagation protocol for production of container Eragrostis trichodes (Nutt.) Wood. plants; University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. In: Native Plant Network. URL: http://www.nativeplantnetwork.org (accessed 27 August 2015). Moscow (ID): University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources, Forest Research Nursery.