Is it a native?
Spider Grass - native (Enteropogon acicularis)
Native. Perennial. C4.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
A common grass in northern grasslands.
Other names: Umbrella Grass, Curley-windmill Grass.
- The flowers are on terminal radiating arms (a windmill grass)
- the 1st glumes is much shorter than the lemmas.
- the spikelet has 2 or 3 long-awned lemmas
- the leaves are flat
- the ligule is a fringed membrane, 1mm long.
The awned lemmas give the arms a distincive spikey appearance. Spider Grass differs from Windmill Grass (Chloris truncata
) in that Windmall Grass has dark, squared-off lemmas. The lemmas of Spider Grass are pale and taper to a point.
Enteron: intestine; pogon: bear; acicularis: needle-shaped, slender.
1: A fertile lemma with sterile lemma. 2: Portion of an arm 3: Freshly opened flower spray. The arms are not yet spread out. Runnymede. 2: The radiating arms. The name "spider grass" is apt. Natya.