|Grasses - An Introduction
On Sunday 27th June fourteen Warcs members
enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon stroll in a green lane near North Newbald
with grasses expert Mr Peter Cook. We managed to identify 23 different
species out of a possible 241, including the very pretty "Yorkshire Fog".
We were informed of the eleven different grass
groups including fescue, brome, foxtail, bent, meadow grass etc. How
to differentiate a ligule from a lemma and what an awn was. Sweet
vernal grass goes golden and is used for making hats and gives hay its
At this time of the year the colours are
lovely from the palest greens, golds, purples to pinks and forms vary from a
firm rye grass or timothy to a delicate silver hair grass.
In addition to all the very pretty grasses, a
plant rarely seen growing in the north of England, an "Orobanki" was
spotted. It is a parasitic plant which depends on a host plant such as
a "Centaurum Major" and can be eithe purple or yellow flowering.
A very pleasant and informative Sunday