Sunday, October 16, 2011
Grasses are hard to identify, right? Well- here's one that everyone should learn to recognize. You've surely seen it before. There aren't many grasses that have these seed heads that look like a fox's tail. The most common ones in Ohio are in the genus Setaria. This particular species, which can grow to four feet or so, is Setaria faberi, the giant foxtail. At the Delaware Wildlife Area, there's a fallow field which was dense with this species- as if it was planted.
Learn this grass, impress your friends with your nerdy botanical knowledge. Giant goxtail- Setaria faberi.
p.s.- This is a non-native species, but its not considered particularly invasive.
PPS. This is published post number 1000 at The Ohio Nature Blog, which I've been pecking away at since 2006. I've been working on a retrospective that was to be post number 1000, but in my tiredness I forgot that the milestone was creeping up.