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Smooth brome

Bromus inermis
Photo by www.lib.ksu.edu/ wildflower/smoothbrome.html

Habitat: Grasslands and open woods and disturbed areas.

Description: This long-lived sod forming grass has a deep root system. On newer leaves, you should see an “M” shape.

Size: 60-120 cm

Fun Facts: First introduced to the United States in 1884, this grass was largely used in pastureland. The deep root system makes it tough for animals to kill it by trampling and over eating. It is very invasive, that means it spreads fast and replaces the native grassland species.

Source: Moss, E.H. 1983. Flora of Alberta. Second Edition. Revised by John G. Packer. University of Toronto Press.

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Striped Skunk
Mephitis mephitis
Black fur with a white stripe running in between the eyes, along the head.  Two stripes run along its back from the neck to the tail, where they become one stripe.  A pair of glands on either side of the anus discharges the smelly liquid skunks are famous for.
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