Elymus hystrix L. - Bottlebrush Grass
Family - Poaceae
Stems - No info. yet.
Leaves - No info. yet.
Node and leaf auricle.
Inflorescence - No info. yet.
Flowers - No info. yet.
Flowering - June - August.
Habitat - Bottoms, mesic to dry upland forests, glade margins, upland prairies, bluff ledges, streambanks, disturbed sites.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This attractive species can be found throughout Missouri. The plant is easy to identify because of its big inflorescence which has the spikelets at 90 degrees to the rachis (resembling a bottlebrush). The plant is quite showy and is starting to appear in cultivation. It requires no care once established.
Photographs taken at the Shut-In Mountain Fen, Shannon County, MO., 6-21-03.