BBY010 :: Sorghum halepense (?)

This is grass; I know that much! It is possibly johnsongrass, which I learned this week is an invasive introduced species that is not officially listed as present here in BC. However, if johnsongrass has popped across the US border, I wouldn’t be surprised. The plants I observed grow mainly in the marshy areas to the south of Burnaby Lake. In fact, the greenery in the background of 009 is probably this grass!

I think from now on, I have to take the backburner in terms of positively identifying these plants, and instead focus on just presenting the art. This artwork was one of my favourite ones to draw – there are nice simple shapes, but also details that come out really nicely with ink. The flowers/seeds on the actual plant should taper more towards the tip; I just got carried away and ran out of room at the top of the page.

Specimen recorded July 24, 2020, 18:26 about 130 m down the trail from BBY001. Some stands of grass got really tall, up to about 7 feet (2.1 m).

Art by Nelson Spies, December 17, 2020. Prismacolor Premier 01 fine line marker on dot matrix printer paper. I just have a lot of that really old paper.


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