I occasionally take photos of an interesting head, and then try to find it in my books or on the web. I never do; they're more confusing than caterpillars! My guidebook, Plants of Coastal BC, says there are over 200 species in our area, mostly indigenous.
At Elgin Heritage Park last week, we found a few that I'd never noticed before.
|The terrain: flat river delta, soggy wet, even in mid-summer. The grass would be over our heads, but we're standing on the bridge. Behind us, on the opposite side of the bridge, the grass is mixed with taller cattails.|
Along the pathway, grasses compete with the blackberries and other shrubs, springing out of the thickets to dangle their seed heads in our faces.
|This was really red, almost purple in the sunlight. A tall plant.|
|Another one, even more purple against the buttercups.|
|I think these are the same kind. They are growing on the riverbank, with no competition.|
|Laurie found this, a fuller, fatter head. It seems, from the photo, since I didn't see the plant, to be a rush. But which one?*|
*Laurie says it's probably Cocksfoot grass, Dactylis glomerata.
Note to self: "Sedges have edges, rushes are round." The stems, that is.
Farther from the shore, where the ground rises and dries out, other, shorter grasses grow around the lupins. And this week, they were in the midst of a population explosion:
|Spit bug** heaven!|