Tuesday, April 04, 2006

slender hairgrass Deschampsia elongata, May-June

This delicate grass with a basal tuft of fine leaves might be confused with young Nassella lepida but seldom share the same habitat. Slender hairgrass is occasional in mesic areas such as trails 1, 2, 5, and 13, and abundant along the slope and in the swale on the west side of road D south of trail 6. On trail 5 look for it at the plank-buttressed section of trail below the old gate, growing with Collomia heterophylla, both blooming in May.