BioBlitzing my "lawn"

We have a small yard that is currently about 3 weeks past needing to be mowed, so just about every grassy thing that can go to flower/seed has. I thought this would be a good time to start trying to photograph and identify all of the plant species in the yard. I'd love to be able to know them all to genus! Our "lawn" is mostly weeds. This evening I focused on uprooting and photographing the grassy things (hopefully the lawn will get mowed soon...). Bit by bit I'll get them all!

If you have great suggestions for IDing turf grasses, please let me know!

Posted on June 08, 2015 02:47 AM by carrieseltzer carrieseltzer

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Grasses (Family Poaceae)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 2015

Photos / Sounds

What

Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 2015

Photos / Sounds

What

Grasses (Family Poaceae)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 2015

Description

Young crab grass? Fuzzy, easily bendable leaves. Easy to pull out with roots (at this size at least).

Photos / Sounds

What

Grasses (Family Poaceae)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 2015

Description

It was hard to pull up the roots on this one.

Photos / Sounds

What

Grasses (Family Poaceae)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 2015

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What

Sedges (Family Cyperaceae)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 2015

Photos / Sounds

What

Fescues (Genus Festuca)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 2015

Description

Finest leaves of anything else I found in the yard. I couldn't find this in seed or flower, at least not confidently.

Photos / Sounds

What

Slender Path Rush (Juncus tenuis)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 2015

Photos / Sounds

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 2015

Description

I think this might be the same as this: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1605237

Comments

Whew... Grasses are difficult to ID (for me, at least). Most keys play with the florets, so as close-up of a shot of the flowers is helpful to get all the way down to species.

With grasses, the more shots of the plant that I can get, the more useful the observation is for me in learning the ID (at least at first). So, you may want to take a picture of the grass clump, the close-ups of the florets, and then even the ligules can be important. http://www.turf.uiuc.edu/hort236/Labs/weedid6.stm

:)

Posted by sambiology about 9 years ago

Thanks for the link! I really need a macro lens for my iPhone. Good suggestion to take a picture of the clumps when I can find them. It's very heterogenous but I can find clumps when they stray into flower beds. The lawn finally got mowed today, but I'm sure there are some strays I can grab.

Posted by carrieseltzer about 9 years ago

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