Tripsacum dactyloides (L.) L. - Eastern Gamma Grass
Family - Poaceae
Flowering - May - November.
Habitat - Low woods, hammocks, swamps, ditches, roadsides, waste places.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This common grass species can be found throughout most of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its large leaves and large inflorescences. The racemes of the inflorescence have the pistillate flowers at the base and the staminate flowers above. The pistillate flowers are depressed into the sculptured rachis of the raceme and are quite striking to look at. Gamma Grass is an important prairie grass in the midwestern U.S.
Photographs taken at Taberville Prairie, MO., 6-7-03 and 6-16-05.