Category Archives: Grasses

Elmer Stipa

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Leonard is a grass person. Except for the very obvious grasses, I cannot tell them apart. However, since he patiently searches out wildflowers with me, I need to post a grass specimen occasionally. Earlier this month while hiking the Quarry … Continue reading

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Large Quaking-grass

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Although Leonard is very good at identifying grasses, to me they all look very similar and so I usually pay them little attention. Plus there is an entirely different vocabulary used to describe grasses. Occasionally though a grass has such … Continue reading

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Sandberg Bluegrass

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Why talk about grasses when there are so many other beautiful wildflowers, spectacular trees, grotesque fungi and other fauna and flora that outshine the unassuming grasses? If one takes the time to study and observe grasses, their natural history and … Continue reading

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Lovegrass

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Worldwide there are over 100 species of Eragrostis. Derived from the Greek, Eragrostis translates to love grass (“eros” meaning “love” and “agrostis” meaning a “kind of grass”). So technically, all of the species in this genus are “lovegrasses”. I originally … Continue reading

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Bunchgrass Growth Pattern

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On  winter walks Leonard and I notice things we often ignore during the spring and summer when the abundance of flora and fauna are sometimes almost overwhelming. During this time of greys and browns we tend to look a little … Continue reading

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Needle and Thread Grass

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Another grass growing interspersed with the Indian ricegrass (Oryzopsis hymenoides)   that I mentioned in my last post is needle and thread grass (Stipa comata). Both these grasses were photographed along California Highway 139 near the Oregon border. Needle and … Continue reading

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Indian Ricegrass

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Leonard and I were driving along California Highway 139 near the Oregon border when Leonard suddenly pulled off the road. He had noticed Indian ricegrass (Oryzopsis hymenoides) growing among the sagebrush and other grasses near the road. Leonard, who wants to … Continue reading

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