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Old August 6th, 2006, 09:11 AM
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Can you help ID this grass ?

Location: Chemainus, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Again, our compost pile has produced another plant.
Last year nothing, this year after turning pile this plant appeared and is very healthy and over 3 feet tall. Sheath shows overlapping margins, collar seems to be ciliate.
Cross section of stem appears to more like a reed.
Perhaps it is not a grass ?
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Old August 6th, 2006, 10:16 AM
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Re: Can you help ID this grass ?

I think so. I suggest that this is large barnyard grass (Echinochloa crus-galli; in the "Illustrated Flora of British Columbia" it is called Echinochloa crusgalli).
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Old August 6th, 2006, 10:51 AM
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Re: Can you help ID this grass ?

Thanks Robert !..........It certainly agrees with the pictures I have pulled up on Echinochloa crusgalli. The leaves and stalk are identical. The seeds however, hang differently from the pictures I find i.e. the pictures on the internet show a more horizontal projection from the stem. Perhaps this is just a regional variation. Any thoughts ??
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Old August 6th, 2006, 11:11 AM
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Re: Can you help ID this grass ?

OK Robert.........I have viewed several dozen more photos and read several articles.
You are very correct and I am a tiny bit smarter !
Thank You so much !
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