Sunday, August 4, 2019

Beauty in the Dumps (Setaria faberi)

Even in the midst of a rather odorous and muddy dump, one can find beauty.

This stand of Setaria faberi (locally known as Giant Foxtail) grows atop a large mound of mud and rotting vegetation, the drooping 15 cm long spike-like panicles fluttering in the slight breeze.

The species is a C4 annual grass that (like many other exotic grasses) got into the USA in the early 1900s as a hitchhiker in shipments from East Asia.  It is very much a lover of disturbed areas, but due to its large size and graceful inflorescence add a touch of beauty to its immediate surroundings.

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