Tuesday, April 04, 2006

ripgut grass, Bromus diandrus, April–July, Europe

Suprisingly, given their morphological differences, the annual ripgut can be mistaken at a distance for purple needle grass (Nassella pulchra). Take a second look. At a closer distance poverty brome might appear as depauperate ripgut.

Name: ancient Gk name | two-stamen.

Illustration from Leroy Abrams, Illustrated Flora of the Pacific States, Stanford University Press, 1923.