Fun Grass Inflorescence Pictures
Remember how similar grass species look prior to flowering? Flowering is a whole different story. Here’s a couple of nice pictures we took in lab this week now that we’re no longer constrained by the use of cell phone cameras. (Click to zoom in to a ridiculously high resolution.)
Dichanthelium oligosanthes is a wild species. We’re collaborating with the Studer lab at UIUC in some comparative biology on the species. So few seeds per inflorescence! (At least we’re lucky enough that each plant produces a lot of these infloresences, or building up a significant reserve of seeds would really be impossible.)
Japanese millet inflorescence. Lots of big seeds forming here. If you click and zoom in to the maximum resolution, you’ll be able to see the anthers hanging out of many of the individual spikelets.
If I am lucky our Paspalum vaginatum will flower sometime in September. Until them I’ll continue to use this blurry iPhone photo.
Paspalum vaginatum flowers. September 2013