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Bushy bluestem

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Bushy bluestem; click for greater sharpness.

On the heels (bracts? roots? stems?) of the last post I’ll add that along with Mexican devilweed and many another member of the sunflower family, as well as cattails and sycamores, our native grasses also produce varying amounts of fluff when they go to seed. Most prominent among them in central Texas is the aptly named bushy bluestem, Andropogon glomeratus, which reaches its warm (in color) and fuzzy (in texture) peak toward the end of the calendar year or even early in the new one. This close-up is from January 3 at the Riata Trace Pond in northwest Austin. While I was at the pond I watched for a time as occasional gusts of wind blew away tufts of the seed-bearing fluff.

For more information about this wet-ground-loving grass, including a state-clickable map showing the many places in the United States where it grows, you can visit the USDA website.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 16, 2012 at 5:14 AM

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