Mar. 21, 2019

southern cutgrass, Leersia hexandra

(Image not yet available because of a digital example of the Dunning-Kruger effect. To see an image, go to the blog page.) Today we will depart from the celebration of petal variation to mention a couple other really good things. First, this grass, which for me has gone from stranger, to imposter, and is now revealed as southern cutgrass. Thanks, Joe, for the correction. Southern cutgrass is other things to other people, particularly in the Old World tropics. There it can be a serious pest in rice patties. In its native neo-tropics, it is an important domestic animal fodder, and the capybara love it. The second good thing is the Lady Bird Johnson National Wildflower Center. They do wonderful work with wildflower education and conservation. That's how Joe saw my image. I just finished sending last year's stuff to them to help illustrate their site. Here, this cutgrass grows in AL, CA(recently introduced), FL, GA, LA, MD(E), MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, and VA. Taylor Co FL, 7/8/18.