Ottochloa gracillima

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Ottochloa gracillimaFamily: Poaceae
Genus: Ottochloa
Common names: Ottochloa
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This grass has spread to form dense mats under the trees and beside the firetrail. When in flower it is very easy to distinguish from the two species of Oplismenus (O. aemulus and O. hirtellus) by the absence of awns on the seeds. I’ve noticed that the seeds seem to be very attractive to the scrub turkeys. They wade into the middle of a patch of Ottochloa where they spend quite some time pecking off the seed heads. (March 2009)