Scenes from the Jobsite

I’m writing this post while drinking a blueberry soda that my son Mark, brought back from his week-long camping trip to Acadia National Park in Maine.

Today was a day of grass inflorescence, which is the compilation of seeds (flower head) of grass species.

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Timothy (Phleum pratense), a great pasture grass for hay.

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Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum).

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Purpletop, aka Grease Grass (Tridens flavus).

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Common Reed (Phragmites australis).

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Virginia Wild Rye (Elymus virginicus).

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Coastal Cockspur, aka Walter’s Millet (Echinochloa walteri).  Not to be confused with Barnyard Grass, which does not have the long awns.

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Big Bluestem (Andropogon geradii) in the foreground, and Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans) in the background.

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Climbing Hempweed (Mikania scandens).

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Horse Balm (Collinsonia canadensis) has a citronella-like scent when you crush the leaves, and is not to be confused with Beefsteak Plant (Perilla frutescens), whose leaves look similar.

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This curious doe watched on as I took my field notes.  Her pelt looks nasty.

 

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