I was visiting a park yesterday in Sacramento (California, USA), and I chanced upon a scene that tickled my fancy.
Exotic and invasive grasses are not a rare sight in the state, especially since the so-called Golden Hills of the state are the direct result of the introduction of alien species - more on that in a later article. But by a fortuitous coincidence I managed to take a single photograph that had quite a few of the more infamous exotic grasses in it.
Included in the image is Taeniatherum caput-medusae, Aegilops triuncialis, Bromus diandrus, and Avena barbata/fatua. Click on the image to expand and try to see whether you can spot examples of each!
A couple of the specimens in the photograph are actually new to me. One was the beautiful (but invasive) Bromus diandrus., which is much larger than B. tectorum (cheatgrass).