Basket Grass


Oplismenus in Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Within late secondary to old-growth forest. Tugen Hills north of Kabarnet, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

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 broad leaves and grows in habitat grasses are mostly a minor component: moist shady areas under forest trees. Opismenus grows by creeping along ground and occasionally rooting from the nodes.

Poaceae -- Grass Family

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Kenya Natural History

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