Harpachne schimperi

Harpachne schimperi in Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed growing in a recently harvested corn field at Eldoret, Kenya. January 2014.

Many grass species are difficult for the uninitiated to identify to species. Taxonomic keys use many terms to describe the characters of the spikes, spikelets, glumes, lemmas and rachises. This grass has such a distinct appearance that I was able to skip the keys.

Poaceae -- Grass Family

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Kenya Natural History

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