Medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusa)

Taeniatherum caput-medusa is a winter annual grass in the poaceae family that flowers in May and June.


Inflorescence is a spike with very long awns making it nearly as wide as it is long. Each spikelet has minute barbs and 4-inch twisted awns at maturity.

 

Leaf blades are 1/8 inch wide, rolled, and slightly hairy.


Bristly seed heads persist through winter.

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Matt Lavin Photo (Flickr)

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