Published by Daniel Mosquin on July 22, 2005
Family / Families: Poaceae Scientific Name(s): Harpochloa falx (L.f.) Kuntze
Institution(s): E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden, University of British Columbia Botanical Garden
Accession Number(s): 1996-0082 Location(s): Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Entry Author(s): Daniel Mosquin
Copyright Holder(s): Daniel Mosquin
Image License: Creative Commons License Tags: Photo by Daniel, Poaceae, Poales, UBC Botanical Garden
The inflorescence of Harpochloa falx
The aptly-named caterpillar grass of South Africa, this photograph captures the inflorescence with only a few anthers emerged. For contrast, see this image revealing the inflorescence with a full row of pendulous exposed anthers.
For further reading, see Harpochloa falx via the South African National Biodiversity Institute.
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What a surprise! And another delightful photo if you follow the first link in the description (click on the thumbnail, too) — the “full row of pendulous exposed anthers” — I can imagine this lovely fringe dancing in the breeze.
An image search comes up with quite a few more on this one. Also called “eyelash grass”.
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