Detail of grass seeds, Elymus hystrix, bottlebrush grass
Elymus hystrix, bottlebrush grass
Grass growing in dense shade in the woods here.
This native grass is a kind of wild rye I learned after it was identified for me in the Missouri Native plants group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/MONPS/
Birds and insects like it and mammals can eat it, though parts of it are not only inedible but also sharp and can injure the mouth.
Wikipedia lumps it with the other bunch grasses, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tussock_(grass) and says primitive peoples and modern artists use it for baskets and similar things.
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