Yes, grasses are flowering plants! Wind pollenated, they do not create showy flowers, though. The grass flower is quite small and unique. Here you can see the characteristic "eye-brow" of the flower. Black gramma is more robust and has a hairy root.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
August Wildflowers at Sedillo
NEARLY WORDLESS WEDNESDAY
After a hot dry weekend during the new moon, when the Monsoons were interrupted by a high-pressure ridge, they have resumed in full force, with cloudbursts on Sunday and Monday evenings, and a long morning rain yesterday here at Sedillo in the Sandias.
The August wildflowers are beginning to open up and bring color to our muted pinyon-juniper woodland.
New Mexico Sunflower
Asteraceae --the Aster family (formerly called Composites)
(There has been some move to put
the erigerons in their own family.
I don't know what has happened with that).
Tomatillo (Mexican Ground Cherry)
This has flowers in which the calyx forms the chinese latern of green around the fruit.
There is also a white variety, called M. albus.
Blue Gramma Grass
Scarlet Gilia aka Foxfire
Globemallow aka Falsemallow
The leaves and stems of these, crushed, make a fine poultice for muscle aches. Although the flowers are usually orange, I have seen pink and white and yellow, as well.