With my prairie partner Jeanne, I can always count on learning something about grasses. I just wish I could remember it longer than a few days. So yesterday, we stopped at these two grasses. Maybe these two will stick in my brain LOL.
First, a Paspalum. I counted ten species (not including varieties) in the the Flora of North Central Texas of which two are not native. The roundish seeds are located on one side of of the inflorescence, which is characteristic of Paspalum.
On this particular one, the seeds zig-zag.
It was also hairy at the base! All a part of looking at grasses. Jeanne thought it was possibly P. setaceum, but not certain without keying it out.
Next, the Eastern Gamagrass ( Tripsacum dactyloides)! It is a warm season perennial bunch grass that appreciates wetter areas. A tall grass that grows to about four to six feet in our area. Interestingly, it has separate male and female flowers. The stamens are on top.
Here is a closeup of the stamens!
The stigmas below! The hard seeds are eaten by deer and birds. This grass is not found often in our area (ie it kinda dry here), but is found in the east Texas. In this instance, grass was probably planted at Thomsen Foundation.
So this is photo from last year’s seed. Each hard seed breaks off.
A Meadow Katydid (Conocephalini) resting on a stalk of the Eastern Gamagrass. Now I think I got these two grasses, but don’t test me in a month LOL.
Thank you Jeanne for sharing your grass knowledge!
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