25% of the world’s vegetation…

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The grass family-Poaceae(5th largest)-has 8000 species world wide with widespread distribution. The main areas are prairies and savannas and can be found from the arctic to the topics. Members of the family include cereal,bamboo, grasses of natural grasslands,cultivated lawns, sugar cane and pastures. Other classifications found in the family are maize,wheat,rye,sorghum,barley, and fescues. This hard working family provides staple foods,forage,building materials, and fuel to the world.img_0922

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good looking field of corn in the “heartland” and “timothy” grass-pics by td

thanks to utulsa.edu for help

 

 

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Thoreau for your Saturday…

But while the earth has slumbered, all the air has been alive with feathery flakes descending, as if some northern Ceres reigned, showering her silvery grain all over the fields. We sleep, and at length awake to the still reality of a winter morning…The floor creaks under our feet as we move toward the window to look abroad through some clear space over the fields…The trees  rear and shrubs rear white arms to the sky on every side…as if Nature had strewn her fresh designs over the fields by night as models for man’s art.        A Winter Walk-1843

pic by td-thanks fro reading tim’s weed patch today!

Final beauty…

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Prairie dock-silphium terebinthinaceum:

Bloom-summer to early fall, drought tolerant

Flower-yellow with ray florets,5-6 cm across

Leaves-spade shaped

Habitat-Midwest,prairies, seeps(a new one for me), limestone, roadsides, usual places for weeds

Faunal-bees,cattle, hummingbirds,gold finches

The final phase of the weed does exhibit a certain beauty of it’s own as it waits til next year.

pic by td, research from:

https://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/pr_dockx.htm

Jane Embertson

thanks for reading tim’s weed patch today!