Photo: A solitary Leersia virginica caryopsis. Note: Clicking on any photos in this blog post will take you to the flickr page on which they are hosted.
I’m often asked in the field, “How did you know what that was?” Since almost all of my (admittedly meager) botanical knowledge I’ve picked up on my own by some combination of observation, reading, and listening to those more knowledgable than myself, I often find myself unable to give a satisfying response to this simple question. Sometimes, it’s a number of small traits that, together, lead to a correct ID. For other species, noticing a single unique anatomical quirk might be all it takes.
With that in mind, I welcome you to my first ID Lab post. Every other week or so, I’m going to choose a plant or two,...
Photo: A Japanese stiltgrass investation at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve.
This post is the first of our Invasive Plant Profiles. Once a month or so, we’ll feature an invasive species that we are actively working to remove from our local parks. It might, though hopefully isn’t, one that you have in your backyard! We hope that you’ll find this series informative and fun.
Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum)
As you’ve undoubtedly seen in our newsletter, The Acorn, we’ve been hard at work all year removing a variety of invasive alien plants from the Marie Butler Leven Preserve, located in McLean, VA. This summer, we’ve dedicated many volunteer and staff hours to removing Japanese stiltgrass. A big thanks to our Restoration Site Leaders for leading add...