Sunday, April 4, 2010

A Passion for Poaceae

Settling down to some identification

15 keen participants attended the Grasses (Poaceae) Workshop presented by Rosalie Eustace at Perseverance Hall. I'm not sure if we were passionate but we were certainly enthusiastic.

Rosalie introduced grasses, compared them with other grass-like plants such as rushes and sedges, and explained the physiology of grasses. Also some time was spent on using a grass key to identify species. Then came the highlight of the day, identifying local grasses for ourselves.

Plenty of grass samples to choose from
Unfortunately, due to the heavy rain we were experiencing, we were unable to identify the plants in the field though there were plenty of grass samples on hand to keep us busy. Rosalie had also set up a microscope so we could get up-close and personal to grass flowers which are almost impossible to see with the naked eye.

Trish provided the delicious morning and afternoon teas
which we munched while watching Perseverance Creek rise and fall from the safety of the Hall porch.

We all agreed it was an enthralling day conducted by an excellent leader and shared with friends.

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