Sunday, 3 May 2009

Grasses and Horsetails

Grasses can be very tricky to identify, but I'm working on them. This is Meadow Foxtail - Alopecurus pratensis.

And this is Sweet Vernal Grass - Anthoxanthum odoratus. More to follow.

There is a small patch of the hedgerow where I have four different Horsetails within about 15m of each other. I already showed the Equisetum arvense. This is Marsh Horsetail - Equisetum palustre:

Note: small number of smooth ridges round the stem and white-edged teeth.

This is Water Horsetail - Equisetum pluviatile:

Note: more numerous ridges with black teeth.

The fourth version is the hybrid between Field Horsetail and Water Horsetail - Equisetum x. litorale. If I can get some illustrative shots of this I'll put them up.

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