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Bothriochloa laguroides ssp. torreyana

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The scientific name that serves as the title of today’s post is a mouthful, but you can replace it with either of the two common names for this grass, silver bluestem or silver beardgrass. I photographed this silvery seed head on November 8th at the Riata Trace Pond in northwest Austin. The wind was sometimes brisk that morning, and it kept blowing plumed seeds from many nearby poverty weed bushes onto various other kinds of plants, including this one. Ah, profligacy.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 20, 2012 at 6:14 AM

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  1. Exellentes Foto!!

    einfachtilda

    November 20, 2012 at 6:37 AM

  2. Beautifully composed, and full of a sense of movement. I’ve never paid grasses much attention, but photos like this make clear they deserve a second or third look.

    shoreacres

    November 20, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    • In this case I’ll thank the wind and the partly bent grass head for the sense of movement. I’d say most of us haven’t paid grasses much attention, but there are some wonderful ones. I’ll have a few more native grass photographs in the weeks ahead.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

  3. this beautiful photo makes one feel the breeze.. :)

    Vicki

    November 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    • I certainly felt it that morning. I used a shutter speed of 1/500 second to stop the motion.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

  4. [...] One of the most attractive native grasses in the fall is bushy bluestem, Andropogon glomeratus. The plant thrives in damp or even wet soil, so it’s often seen along the edges of lakes and creeks. In this case, the water in the background was from the Riata Trace Pond in northwest Austin, during the same session on November 8 that brought you a picture of another (and smaller) appealing grass, silver bluestem. [...]


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