Hope and Reality for Urban Ecosystems


Years ago, I served on Maryland’s Plant Reintroduction Task Force, which was largely convened to address the merits, legal ramifications, and biological soundness of reintroducing rare taxa “recently lost from its historic range” or to enhance dwindling populations that remained in their historic natural settings (PRTF 1999). Specifically at the time, this involved a proposal… [Read More]

Meet The Witch Grasses!

Many species of Dichanthelium look very much alike and often co-occur. Left and center stalks: Bosc’s Panic Grass (Dichanthelium boscii); Angling in from the right: Broad-leaved Panic Grass (Dichanthelium latifolium

​Grasses are often overlooked and dismissed as difficult to identify – too technical and cryptic. No wonder, then, that the enigmatic witch grasses (genus Dichanthelium) have really gotten the short end of the stick. It is at least worth your while to know that these little grasses are quite successful and diverse. Most habitats in… [Read More]