Tuesday, April 04, 2006

big squirreltail, Elymus multisetus, April–August, Native

A coarse grass like Elymus glaucus, it has the endearing quality of easy recognizability and a memorable common name. It was formerly known as Sitanion jubĂ tum. Lemma awns (located between 2-lobed tips) are 2.5 to 10 cm. long. Illus.: suppl. photocopies.

Name: ancient Gk name for millet | multi-bristled, referring to the awn-like glumes.