[Taxacom] adaptation of plants to mowing

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Thu Aug 6 05:42:54 CDT 2020


Only a Canadian lawn Moa :)

On Thu, Aug 6, 2020 at 3:26 AM Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
wrote:

> Are you sure it isn't adaptation of plants to moa browsing? :)
>
> On Thursday, 6 August 2020, 06:06:35 pm NZST, John Grehan via Taxacom <
> taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:
>
>
> Interesting article and nice to see the plant in question. I guess it would
> be difficult to know if the spread is due to a change in lawn
> management (less or no pesticides) or a genetic/ecological change in the
> plant. Many years ago when visiting a family friend in New Brunswick,
> Canada, I was much struck by the pure grass composition of the lawns. It
> was my first experience of such unnecessary practices. No wonder there are
> so many mystery illnesses. I am used to lawns where 'anything goes' as long
> as it can withstand the lawnmower and casual indifference. Our current lawn
> has so many species that without mowing it would revert to a mixed
> herbaceous meadow within a year, and then probably the beginnings of a
> forest the year after that.
>
> John Grehan
>
> On Thu, Aug 6, 2020 at 12:27 AM Frederick W. Schueler via Taxacom <
> taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:
>
> > * thank you everyone for the advice and help - here's the article -
> > https://ngtimes.ca/golden-spangled-lawns/
> >
> > fred.
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> > On 29-Jul.-20 10:13 p.m., Frederick W. Schueler via Taxacom wrote:
> >
> > > I'm writing an article for our local newspaper about the way
> low-growing
> > > patches of Lotus corniculatus, Bird's-foot Trefoil, are spreading
> across
> > > lawns in eastern Ontario. I've asked a botanists group, and have
> googled
> > > around, but can't find any published research on this.
> > >
> > > Does anyone know of work done on plant species (other than Dandelions)
> > > evolving low growth forms adapted to life on lawns? -  fred.
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