Category Archives: Grasses

Alkali Saltgrass

A perennial native to North America, alkali saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) has been naturalized on most other continents. Depending upon where it is found, this member of the Grass Family (Poaceae) has many other colloquial names including inland saltgrass, desert saltgrass … Continue reading

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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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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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