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A grass by any other name...


A grass by any other name...
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Copyright: Lesley Hodgson (ma-at) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 26] (142)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Water Plants, River
Camera: Nikon f90, Usually Fuji Superia
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-06 13:05
Viewed: 4380
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it become a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself".Henry Miller.

Walking along by Weber's Pond I spied this grass being gently blown by the wind. It made me smile and so I waved my hands through it and then took a photo.

Deschampsia caespitosa - Tufted Hair Grass or Tussock Grass

This tussock-forming perennial has leaves that are ribbed, long and sharply pointed.
The feathery flower spikes can be green, silvery, golden, purple or variegated with these colours. Tufted hair-grass arches gracefully; this is a delicately beautiful grass of damp grassland and marshes. It has a tendency to be invasive and its coarse tussocky habit threatens to form a monoculture unless it is controlled.
The good tussock structure of this species may provide cover for grounds and rove beetles. It also provides food for caterpillars.


It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soil. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist or wet soil
Prefers a woodland garden; dappled shade; shady edge; by water.
Fuji Superior 200, neg scanned, cleaned and cropped. Resized for TL
I never knew there was so much to learn....

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Nice photo, useful explanatory note and... one of the most beautiful and suitable quotations that I have ever read here on TN.
We all (or most of us here at least I suppose) search for these moments of quiet excitement while facing all the tiniest and the greatest miracles of the nature. Thank you for sharing your photo(s) and thoughts with us. best wishes :-)

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  • biblio (0)
  • [2006-11-07 19:54]

great image and a lovley note

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