Added Grasses

by Carl Strang

Yesterday I shared some newfound insects on Mayslake Forest Preserve. Today I want to add a couple new grasses. This large one is growing in a couple spots near the edge of May’s Lake.

It proved to be relatively easy to identify: purpletop,Triodia flava.

The other added species is scattered through the savannas. It keys to woodland brome.

Woodland brome should be done flowering by now, but apparently the late season continues to influence some species.

The purplish color of the purpletop’s spikelets, and the graceful drooping spread of the woodland brome, demonstrate that grasses can be beautiful.

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