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Hairy grama by mountain pink

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Hairy Grama Seed Head Remains by Mountain Pink 5814

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Scattered among the mountain pinks at the entrance to the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve on June 20 were some dry and comb-like seed head remains of Bouteloua hirsuta, a native grass known as hairy grama. (Last fall in these pages I showed a seed head of this species at a somewhat earlier stage, when it served as a platform on which a little creature managed to disguise itself.)

To see the many places in the United States where hairy grama grows, you can consult the state-clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM

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