Street Grasses

These images show common street grass stalks, probably in the Digitaria family, and most likely a variety of “crabgrass” (any botanists care to weigh in on this?).

I harvested the street grasses from cracks in the pavement, and from a clump beside the sidewalk.

These plants of course are not normally cultivated, and in fact are hunted and eradicated as weeds. Which goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and also that one person’s weed is another person’s photographic subject!

Street Grasses Inverted on Black © Harold Davis

Street Grasses on a Paper Background © Harold Davis

Related images: Decorative Grasses and Blades of Grass.

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2 Comments

  1. Carla Edwards April 14, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Harold,

    My grass taxonomy was always poor but the above picture is not crab grass nor in the Digitaria family. Please see Google images for Digitaria–https://www.google.com/search?q=digitaria&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjw64qTs7vaAhVJyFQKHQZTC3YQ_AUICigB&biw=1798&bih=1032

    A quick Google search causes me to think it may be foxtail; maybe Alopecurus myosuroides. It doesn’t quite look like the images but those are all when the grass is in flower and not when the seeds are forming. Anyway, foxtail is closer to the correct answer than crab grass. BTW, I do have a BS in Botany from a long time ago.

    Beautiful images, BTW. I love them. I’m always partial to plant pictures.

    Cheers, Carla

  2. Harold Davis April 15, 2018 at 7:23 am #

    Thanks Carla!

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